June 10, 2014

Brave Genius

Writing from History: Episode #2

In the spring of 1940, then-unknown writer Albert Camus and budding biologist Jacques Monod quietly joined the French Resistance as they watched their beloved Paris fall to the Nazis. Decades later, after stumbling across a few lines in a biography, Sean B. Carroll, an evolutionary biologist, author, and alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis, set out to prove that these two great minds were also friends. Rooting through French archives and talking to people at the heart of the French Resistance, Dr. Carroll uncovered documents no one expected to find and illustrated the exciting turns historical research can take.

Interested in reading more about this project? Check out Dr. Carroll's book, Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize.

brave genius by hold that thought. image wikimedia commons: German federal archives. audio free music archive: chris zabriskie, evgeny grinko, johnny_ripper. archive.org: Chant des Partisans, albert camus nobel prize speech.