On a remote jungle island, genetic engineers have created a dinosaur game park.
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has discovered. Now one of mankind's most thrilling fantasies has come true and the first dinosaurs that the Earth has seen in the time of man... read more
“'Story of our species. Everbody knows it's coming, but not so soon.'”Ian Malcolm
“'Scientists are preoccupied with accomplishment. So they are focused on whether they can do something. They never stop to ask if they should do something.'”Ian Malcolm
“"Hold on to your butts."”John Arnold
“The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet — or save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves.”Ian Malcolm
“Clever Girl”Robert Muldoon
“Most kind of powers require a substantial sacrifice by whoever wants the power. There is an apprenticeship, a discipline lasting many years. Whatever kind of power you want. President of the company. Black belt in karate. Spiritual guru. Whatever it is you seek, you have to put in the time, the practice, the effort. You must give up a lot to get it. It has to be very important to you. And once you have attained it, it is your power. It can't be given away: it resides in you. It is literally the result of your discipline.Now, what is interesting about this process is that, by the time someone has acquired the ability to kill with his bare hands, he has also matured to the point where he won't use it unwisely. So that kind of power has a built-in control. The discipline of getting the power changes you so that you won't abuse it.But scientific power is like inherited wealth: attained wihout discipline. You read what others have done, and you take the next step. (...)”Ian Malcom
“At the earliest drawings of the fractal curve,few clues to the underlying mathematical structure will be seen”Ian Malcolm
“With subsequent drawings of the fractal curve,sudden changes may appear.”Ian Malcolm
“Details emerge more clearly as the fractal curve is redrawn.”Ian Malcolm
“Inevitably,underlying instabilities begin to appear.”Ian Malcolm
“Flaws in the system will become more severe.”Ian Malcolm
“System recovery may prove impossible.”Ian Malcolm
“Increasingly,the mathematics will demand the courage to face its implications.”Ian Malcolm
PROLOGUE: The Bite of the Raptor
The Shape of the Data
The Shore of the Inland Sea
Cowan, Swain and Ross
Target of Opportunity
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
The Main Road
In the Park
Destroying the World
EPILOGUE: San Jose
Many claims about dinosaurs in the book are inaccurate according to paleontologists.
The famous velociraptors in this book share their name with a real, chicken-sized dinosaur. The real-world analog would be the utahraptor, which stood over human height, but does not have as menacing a name.
Update: I think the most recent consensus is that the the Velociraptors were based on a Dromaeosaurid called Deinonychus.
Followed by The Making of The Lost World.
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