Why Fish Don't Exist, by Lulu Miller

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NPR science reporter and podcaster Lulu Miller grew up with a scientist father who believed that, in the cosmic scheme of things, human lives were meaningless. Wrestling with this idea, she became fascinated with scientist David Starr Jordan, who in the late 19th and early 20th centuries catalogued more fish species than any other researcher and then withstood professional catastrophes that destroyed years of his work. Probing Jordan’s resilience amid professional tragedy led Miller to a more worrisome discovery: later in life, Jordan became a rabid eugenicist whose racist beliefs exposed a darker side of scientific research. Miller tackles the contradictions of Jordan’s career as she examines the evolution of her own life--and the years she has spent reckoning with how to find meaning and purpose in an inherently chaotic world.


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ISBN: 9781501160349
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021