Intuition

Intuition - Allegra Goodman A novel about cancer research in Cambridge, Mass., Intuition follows a close-knit group of postdoctoral researchers through a series of experiments that leads them through successes, failures and the possibilities of private and public redemption. Larger issues are raised about the purity of science, the uses of ego in competitive climates, the overlap between politics and science, and how personal needs occlude and corrupt institutional goals — and often times shape them. What I enjoyed about this book was its setting in the early 1990s – freeing the story from cellular phones and Internet research in a way that makes the world of the Philpott Institute seem smaller, and the snowballing personal affronts that occur there much more significant.