Panic in Level 4

Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science

Preston, Richard

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Panic in Level 4
Dramatic true stories about the frightening forces and constructive discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our world.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1400064902
Branch Call Number: 616.024 P939p 2008
Characteristics: xli, 188 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm


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Originally published in the New Yorker, these essays from the author of The Hot Zone, explore his fascination with contagion and epidemic. The "panic" of the book's title refers to his own when his biohazard suit was breached and he feared he may have been exposed to one of the deadlies... Read More »

Presents a series of compelling accounts of human beings confronting death on a vast scale and the scientists and researchers who work to unlock the mystery of these deadly afflictions.

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Jul 26, 2013
  • kmcinto rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very, very good book to read! You tell the author really does his homework & tries to give his readers a descriptive environment with the people he meets. even the introduction was particularly interesting with the actual title of the book.
However this book is broken up into 6 different categories: intro of the level 4 unknown virus, two brothers building a supercomputer, trees in America that are under the threat of foreign parasites, the Ebola virus, the discussion of a unicorn quilt made back in the 1500s, & the self cannibalism genetic disease. So there's a little bit of something for everyone's interest.

He tries to spice the stories up with humor and really is informative with each one. I didn't think I was going to enjoy the tree one in particular, but it did grab my attention unlike the the story about the 2 brothers building a supercomputer. I am not interested what so ever into mathematics or computers, but that's okay. It doesn't ruin my enjoyment of reading the other tales he has researched.

Jan 04, 2012

Very interesting read, Panic in Level 4 manages to be funny, serious, and informative all at the same time. A very interesting read if you have the time or the interest in more obscure medical mysteries, though it does delve into the world of computers. I particularly liked the story about the two brothers who built a super computer out of mail order parts in an apartment in new york.

Aug 19, 2008
  • Geophile rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An entertaining, highly readable collection of essays on varied science topics. Slanted towards biology, with stories on genetics, disease, and invasive species, but also touches on mathematics and computers.


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