The authoritative account of one of the 20th century´s most important - and controversial - scientists. When a waiting world learned on April 12, 1955, that Jonas Salk had successfully created a vaccine to prevent poliomyelitis, he became a hero overnight. Born in a New York tenement, humble in manner, Salk had all the makings of a 20th-century icon - a knight in a white coat. In the wake of his achievement, he received a staggering number of awards and honors; for years his name ranked with Gandhi and Churchill on lists of the most revered people. And yet the one group whose adulation he craved - the scientific community - remained ominously silent. ´´The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success,´´ Salk later said. ´´I knew right away that I was through - cast out.´´ In the first complete biography of Jonas Salk, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs unravels Salk´s story to reveal an unconventional scientist and a misunderstood and vulnerable man. Despite his incredible success in developing the polio vaccine, Salk was ostracized by his fellow scientists, who accused him of failing to give proper credit to other researchers and scorned his taste for media attention. Even before success catapulted him into the limelight, Salk was an inscrutable man disliked by many of his peers. Driven by an intense desire to aid mankind, he was initially oblivious and eventually resigned to the personal cost - as well as the costs suffered by his family and friends. And yet Salk remained, in the eyes of the public, an adored hero. Based on hundreds of personal interviews and unprecedented access to Salk´s sealed archives, Jacobs´ biography offers the most complete picture of this figure. Salk´s story has never been fully told; until now, his role in preventing polio has overshadowed his part in codeveloping the first influenza vaccine, his effort to meld the sciences and humanities in the magnificent Salk Institute, and his pioneering work on AIDS. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Ward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008014/bk_blak_008014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Legend of Barbara Rubin - Film Culture 80:Zum Ausstellungs und Veranstaltungsprojektes Edit Film Culture! silent green Kulturquartier SAVV Film Culture Barbara Rubin/ Jonas Mekas
Its appetite is ravenous. Its teeth scalpel-sharp. Its power unstoppable as it smashes the steel doors holding it in a Monterey, California, aquarium. The captive 20-ton Megalodon shark has tasted human blood, and it wants more. On the other side of the world, in the silent depths of the ocean, lies the Mariana Trench, where the Megalodon has spawned since the dawn of time. Paleo-biologist Jonas Taylor once dared to enter this perilous cavern. He alone faced the monster and cut its heart out, and he wears the painful scars of that deadly encounter. Now, as the body count rises and the horror of the Meg´s attack grips the California coast, Jonas must begin the hunt again. But to do that means returning to the dark terror of the trench...where the Meg is waiting. Using himself as bait, Jonas will enter the ultimate battle - a fight to the death between man and beast in the darkest recesses of the ocean...and a fight for his sanity from the depths of his own tormented soul. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bruce Reizen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000479/bk_brll_000479_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.