What's Gotten Into You: The Story of Your Body's Atoms, from the Big Bang Through Last Night's Dinner

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6.36 X 9.26 X 1.36 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Levitt has over twenty years of experience writing, producing, and directing award-winning documentaries for National Geographic, Discover, Science, and History among others. Dan began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, teaching biology and physics to high school students. He lives in Cambridge with his wife, two children, and their dog, Maxwell Smart.


"A truly astonishing and eminently readable work of chemical detection, provocative, surprising and alive with moments when you just want to tug your neighbor's sleeve and ask--can you believe this?" -- Simon Winchester, bestselling author of The Perfectionists and editor of Lapham's Quarterly

"Dan Levitt's What's Gotten Into You is one fascinating journey, from the fireworks of the Big Bang to the busy life of cells, this is a story of scientific discovery, history, dazzling egos, quiet courage, and pure unexpected insight. In other words, the best kind of story. Don't miss it." -- Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Poisoner's Handbook and The Poison Squad

"Levitt sheds light on the tiniest bits of what humans are made of in his stellar debut . . . . This is marvelous." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"In What's Gotten Into You, Dan Levitt delivers a survey of life's building blocks that's intelligent, accessible and just sheer fun." -- BookPage

"Science and history documentarian Dan Levitt's upcoming book, What's Gotten Into You evokes a series of striking and often forceful images in tracing how our cells, elements, atoms and subatomic particles all found their way to our brains and bones and bodies . . . . it's a pretty mind-blowing book to read." -- Bryn Nelson, CNN

"[Levitt] keeps matters simple enough that science buffs will be satisfied and average readers will learn a great deal . . . . Lively, illuminating popular science." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This documentary effort is truly ambitious. He investigates the various chemical elements that make up the human body, then tracks them all the way back to the big bang." -- Library Journal

"The 14 billion years story of how the primaeval seeds of matter become you and your breakfast--easily digested." -- Frank Close, Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics, Oxford University and author of Elusive: How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass

". . . brilliant popular science." -- Undark

"This book is sheer pleasure, a grand exploration through space and time from the expanding universe to the molecules in living cells. As told through the experiences of the men and women who made the discoveries, this is also a beautifully human story--a marvelous read in every way!" -- Ruth Lewin Sime, author of Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics