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The Seashell on the Mountaintop by Alan Cutler
"Delightful. ... Cutler has managed to make whole cloth out of the vague threads of the Steno story, and has interwoven tales from the scientific and social fabric of the time, enough to make this one of the best books of scientific history in recent years. The tale of Steno has been a long time coming, but on the evidence of this splendid volume, it has been well worth the wait."
Simon Winchester, The Boston Globe