Lawrence Wright

Twins and What They Tell Us About Who We Are Publication date : October 1, 1998

Are twins identical? Do they necessarily look alike? Are they of equal intelligence? What explanation can be found for the fact that twins may have the same taste in clothes or the same fears, even when they are brought up separately. Is the development of their personality genetically predetermined?
Lawrence Wright examines the latest research in the scientific study of twins through a series of cases and anecdotes. His study helps us to reflect on the relative amount of free will left to each one of us and to better understand the basis of our individual identities. How did we become what we are? Are we free to decide how we wish to lead our lives?Translated from English. Lawrence Wright was given the National Magazine Award for Reporting for the his scientific study of twins. He is the author of several essays and a regular contributor to The New Yorker.