170: Chapter 1 And Half Of Chapter 2 Of She Has Her Mother’s Laugh By Carl Zimmer

  • we are in the 170s as episodes go
  • this one is about the first chapter and a half of Carl Zimmer’s most recent book
  • it is called She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, and it is about heredity/genes
  • this section included discussion of many scientists work early on
  • in the 1400s and 1500s and 1600s, people tried to show off lineage
  • many kings and prominent families wanted to show their power or clean family lines
  • inbreeding did not work well to keep family lineage going; forcing something = failure
  • scientists later in the 1800s and 1900s processed idea of heredity
  • deVries and Mendel and Darwin are all mentioned here
  • the book reads very storylike and progresses through time