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Djerassi, Carl

Works: 315 works in 898 publications in 9 languages and 19,764 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Drama  Exhibition catalogs  Anecdotes  Science fiction  Biographies  Poetry  Popular works 
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Roles: Author, Creator, wpr, Other, Editor, Interviewee, Honoree, Author of introduction, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: PS3554.J47, 813.54
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Newton's darkness : two dramatic views by Carl Djerassi( )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What purpose is served by showing that England's greatest natural philosopher is flawed ... like other mortals?" asks one of the characters in Newton's Darkness. "We need unsullied heroes!" But what if the hero is sullied? At stake is an issue that is as germane today as it was 300 years ago: a scientist's ethics must not be divorced from scientific accomplishments. There is probably no other scientist of whom so many biographies and other historical analyses have been published than Isaac Newton - all of them in the standard format of documentary prose because of their didactic purpose to transmit historical information. Newton's Darkness, however, illuminates the darker aspects of Newton's persona through two historically grounded plays dealing with two of the bitterest struggles in the history of science. The name of Isaac Newton appears in virtually every survey of the public's choice for the most important persons of the second millennium. Yet the term "darkness" can be applied to much of Newton's personality. Adjectives that have been used to describe facets of his personality include "remote", "lonely", "secretive", "introverted", "melancholic", "humorless", "puritanical", "cruel", "vindictive" and, perhaps worst of all, "unforgiving". The trait most relevant to the present book is Newton's obsessively competitive nature, which was often out of proportion to the warranted facts, as demonstrated in three of Newton's best-known bitter conflicts: with the physicist Robert Hooke, the astronomer royal John Flamsteed, and a German contemporary of almost equal intellectual prowess, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz - the last fight eventually turning into an England vs Continental Europe competition. It is two of these three relentless drawn-out battles that are illuminated in Newton's Darkness in the form of historically grounded drama. After a summary of the historical evidence, the book starts with the Newton-Hooke struggle (Chapter 2), which was conducted mano a mano, and is then followed by little-known aspects of the Newton-Leibniz confrontation (Chapter 3), which was fought largely through surrogates - notably the infamous, anonymous committee of 11 Fellows of the Royal Society
Foreplay : Hannah Arendt, the two Adornos, and Walter Benjamin by Carl Djerassi( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four Jews on Parnassus : a conversation : Benjamin, Adorno, Scholem, Schönberg by Carl Djerassi( )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Theodor W. Adorno was the prototypical German Jewish non-Jew, Walter Benjamin vacillated between German Jew and Jewish German, Gershom Scholem was a committed Zionist, and Arnold Schonberg converted to Protestantism for professional reasons but later returned to Judaism. Carl Djerassi, himself a refugee from Hitler's Austria, dramatizes a dialogue between these four men in which they discuss fraternity, religious identity, and legacy as well as reveal aspects of their lives - notably their relations with their wives - that many have ignored, underemphasized, or misrepresented." "The desire for canonization and the process by which it is obtained are the underlying themes of this dialogue, with emphasis on Paul Klee's Angelus Novus (1920), a canonized work that resonated deeply with Benjamin, Adorno, and Scholem (and for which Djerassi and Gabrielle Seethaler present a revisionist and richly illustrated interpretation). Basing his dialogue on extensive archival research and interviews, Djerassi concludes with a daring speculation on the putative contents of Benjamin's famous briefcase, which disappeared upon his suicide."--Jacket
Chemistry in theatre : insufficiency, phallacy or both by Carl Djerassi( )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 1,341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the questions "What can science do for the theatre?" and "What can the theatre do for science?" which raise challenges for both theatre professionals and scientists. Unusually, this book deals with plays first and foremost as reading material -- as texts to be read alone or in dramatic readings -- rather than emphasizing performances on the stage. Concrete examples are given to demonstrate the potential pedagogic value of using the dialogic style and plot structure of plays in science, with a special focus on chemistry. Very few books have dealt with the subject of science-in-
The politics of contraception by Carl Djerassi( Book )

33 editions published between 1979 and 2001 in English and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At age twenty-eight, Carl Djerassi led the team at Syntex in Mexico that synthesized the first oral contraceptive. An internationally honored chemist, he has worked for decades as a scientist carrying out basic research and as an industrialist concerned with finding practical applications for laboratory discoveries. He is therefore uniquely qualified to discuss birth control, present and future, from the triple perspective of science, industry, and public policy. In this book, Professor Djerassi covers a range of current contraceptive methods and their use both in the United States and abroad, including the developing nations. He shows how research and development have been affected by the public's fears of side effects, notably cancer, and he assesses the role of the press and legislators, often critical and ill informed, in shaping pubic policy and attitudes- including unrealistic expectations for new technological breakthroughs. He also discusses in detail future male and female contraceptives that might be developed if realistic changes are made in public policy. In a special chapter on China, where more women than anywhere else take the Pill and where a new male Pill is being tested on humans, he explains how that nation has adopted a promising "contraceptive supermarket" approach to birth control. The book ends with his personal account of the chemical history of the Pill, which has never been told in layman's terms before. -- from Book Jacket
How I beat Coca-Cola and other tales of one-upmanship by Carl Djerassi( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This man's pill : reflections on the 50th birthday of the pill by Carl Djerassi( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Man's Pill presents a revisionist account of the early history of the Pill, debunking many of the journalistic and romantic accounts of its scientific origin. Djerassi does not shrink from exploring why we have no Pill for men or why Japan only approved the Pill in 1999 (together with Viagra). Emphasizing that development of the Pill occurred during the post-War period of technological euphoria, he believes that it could not be repeated in today's climate. Would the sexual revolution of the 1960s or the impending separation of sex ('in bed') and fertilization ('under the microscope') still have happened? This Man's Pill answers such questions while providing a uniquely authoritative account of a discovery that changed the world."--Jacket
An immaculate misconception : sex in an age of mechanical reproduction by Carl Djerassi( )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most challenging issues of the 21st century is the impending separation of sex (in bed) and reproduction (under the microscope) as a result of recent advances in contraception and assisted reproduction. Many of the ethical and societal issues associated with these new reproductive technologies, notably intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), are raised in an unusual format - namely in dialogic form - which is both entertaining and pedagogically informative
Cantor's dilemma by Carl Djerassi( Book )

32 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Professor Isidore Cantor, a distinguished cell biologist, reveals his latest breakthrough in cancer research, the scientific community is galvanized. The only thing lacking is experimental proof. Cantor's most promising research fellow, Dr. Jeremiah Stafford, has only to conduct the experiment that will prove the brilliant hypothesis and win Cantor the Nobel Prize. But how far will the young assistant go to guarantee the results? Indications that Stafford faked the experimental data, and the possibility that this information might be revealed, provide most of the novel's tension
Optical rotatory dispersion; applications to organic chemistry by Carl Djerassi( Book )

20 editions published between 1960 and 1962 in English and Russian and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mass spectrometry of organic compounds by Herbert Budzikiewicz( Book )

18 editions published between 1967 and 2004 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bourbaki gambit : a novel by Carl Djerassi( Book )

25 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in 7 languages and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An experiment by a group of aged scientists, incensed by society's retirement of people because of old age. They band under a pseudonym and come up with an invention in gene reproduction, proving that old age is no obstacle to creativity. By the author of Cantor's Dilemma
Steroid reactions; an outline for organic chemists by Carl Djerassi( Book )

12 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oxygen : a play in two acts by Carl Djerassi( Book )

13 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is discovery? Why is it important to be first? These questions trouble the characters in 'Oxygen'. The action alternates between 1777 and 2001, the Centenary of the Nobel Prize, when the Nobel Foundation decides to inaugurate a 'retro-Nobel' award for discoveries that preceded the establishment of the Prize in 1901. The Foundation thinks this will be easy. In the good old days, wasn't science done for science's sake? Wasn't discovery simple, pure, and unalloyed by controversy, priority, claims, and hype? The Nobel Committee decides to reward the discovery of Oxygen, since that launched the Chemical Revolution. Lavoisier is a natural choice. But what about Scheele? What about Priestley? Didn't they first discover oxygen? The play brings the candidates and their wives to 1777 Stockholm at the invitation of King Gustav III. Through the scientists' wives, in a sauna and elsewhere, we learn of their lives and those of their husbands. Meanwhile in 2001, the Nobel Committee argues about the conflicting claims of the three men. The ethical issues around priority and discovery at the heart of this play are as timely today as they were in 1777. As are the ironies of revolutions: Lavoisier, the chemical revolutionary, is a political conservative, who loses his life in the Jacobin terror. Priestley, the political radical, is a chemical conservative. And Scheele just wants to run his pharmacy. He, the first man on earth to make oxygen, got least credit for it. Will that situation be repaired 230 years after his discovery?"--Inside front flap
NO : a novel by Carl Djerassi( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new fertility drug is developed in Israel with the help of the heroine, Renu Krishnan, a postgraduate student from India. She personally assists the inventor in his erection tests and becomes involved in the marketing of the drug. A look at the way new drugs are developed
Menachem's seed : a novel by Carl Djerassi( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a conference on reproductive biology in Switzerland, a childless American woman has an affair with an Israeli scientist. She steals his sperm and after in vitro fertilization gives birth. Will she tell him? The man is married
Paul Klee : masterpieces of the Djerassi Collection by Paul Klee( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and German and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The present volume publishes for the first time in Europe over eighty works from a private American collection. Representing all phases of Klee's creative development, the works provide in effect a concise overview of an oeuvre in which subtle irony, dream-like fantasy, and poetic depictions of nature commingle, and where delicate color and graphic precision, no less than abstract and figurative modes, alternate. Klee himself assigned the rating "Sonder-Classe" (special class) to certain of the works, an indication of the particular value he attached to them."--Jacket
From the lab into the world : a pill for people, pets, and bugs by Carl Djerassi( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Carl Djerassi, world famous for the first synthesis of the active progestational ingredient of the Pill, speaks out on a wide variety of topics in this captivating book. Djerassi's personal growth from laboratory scientist to spokesman on scientific issues as well as the myriad ways that developments in the laboratory can affect people all over the world are presented in this engaging collection of essays."--]book jacket]
Marx, deceased : a novel by Carl Djerassi( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Marx, a novelist curious to know what people think of his work, fakes his death in order to read about himself. The first disappointment comes when a major critic drops plans for a book on Marx after falling in love with Marx's wife
Young Ovid : an unfinished biography by Diane Wood Middlebrook( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After writing two extremely well received biographies--the first about Anne Sexton and the second about poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath--world-renowned scholar Diane Middlebrook's final project was a study of Ovid's work. Though he has been dead for over two thousand years and had left no personal records--not even the name of his mother--his poetry endures. Middlebrook was convinced that her intimate knowledge of Ovid's poetry and the approach she used in Her Husband (winner of the Prix Du Meilleur Livre Estranger), combined with a deep immersion into the Rome of Ovid's time, would enable her to write what could, without bragging, be called an Ovidian biography. However, severe health issues interfered with Middlebrook's work, and she was ultimately unable to complete this ambitious project before her death in 2007. She left behind an extraordinary look at the conditions and customs to which Ovid was exposed as a young Roman, as well as an acute interpretation of his family and personal life, gleaned from close readings of his poetry and letters from exile. Exhaustively researched and carefully constructed, Middelbrook's portrayal of Ovid is certain to be studied by scholars and read by historians for year to come
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Newton's darkness : two dramatic views
Foreplay : Hannah Arendt, the two Adornos, and Walter BenjaminFour Jews on Parnassus : a conversation : Benjamin, Adorno, Scholem, SchönbergThis man's pill : reflections on the 50th birthday of the pillAn immaculate misconception : sex in an age of mechanical reproductionCantor's dilemmaThe Bourbaki gambit : a novelOxygen : a play in two actsNO : a novel
Alternative Names
Carl Djerassi

Carl Djerassi American chemistry professor, inventor, author, playwright

Carl Djerassi chimico e scrittore austriaco

Carl Djerassi chimiste américain

Carl Djerassi Oostenrijks schrijver

Carl Djerassi Químic, escriptor i dramaturg estatunidenc, inventor de la píndola anticonceptiva

Carl Djerassi químico judío, novelista y dramaturgo austriaco-estadounidense

Carl Djerassi químico, novelista y dramaturgo austriaco-estadounidense

Carl Djerassi rakousko-americký chemik a spisovatel

Carl Djerassi shkencëtar

Carl Djerassi US-amerikanischer Chemiker

Carolus Djerassi

Djerassi, C.

Djerassi, Carl 1923-

Джерасси, К 1923-

Джерасси, Карл

Карл Джераси

كارل جيراسي

کارل جراسی

காரல் ஜெராசி

제라시, 칼 1923-2015


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English (306)

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Chinese (12)

Japanese (2)

Italian (2)

French (1)

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