Francis Crick by Matt Ridley
Discoverer of the Genetic Code (Eminent Lives) (rough edge)

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Francis Crick—the quiet genius who led a revolution in biology by discovering, quite literally, the secret of life—will be bracketed with Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein as one of the greatest scientists of all time. In his fascinating biography of the scientific pioneer who uncovered the genetic code—the digital cipher at the heart of heredity that distinguishes living from non-living things—acclaimed bestselling science writer Matt Ridley traces Crick's life from middle-class mediocrity in the English Midlands through a lackluster education and six years designing magnetic mines for the Royal Navy to his leap into biology at the age of thirty-one and its astonishing consequences. In the process, Ridley sheds a brilliant light on the man who forever changed our world and how we understand it.


About Matt Ridley

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Matt Ridley is the author of several award-winning books, including Genome, The Agile Gene, and The Red Queen, which have sold more than 800,000 copies in twenty-seven languages worldwide. He lives in England.
Published January 17, 2012 by Harper. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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(His grandfather, an amateur naturalist, once exchanged letters with Darwin.) Trained as a physicist, Crick worked on defense projects involving mines and torpedoes during WWII and came out of the war with no clear direction.

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Still, Ridley’s description of Crick’s second act reveals his nuances: rushing to find the structure of DNA, yet slowly unlocking the genetic code, Crick alternately displayed “quicksilver thought” and “a prodigious appetite for doing his homework.” Watson and Crick have been criticized for using...

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Francis Crick by Matt Ridley HarperCollins £12.99, pp213 In 1955, Francis Crick had his first meeting with Nevill Mott, who had just taken over as head of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory, the centre where Crick, with American Jim Watson, had recently uncovered DNA's double helical structure.

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Readers of Watson's The Double Helix who pick up this book looking for a similarly idiosyncratic portrait of a scientific life will be disappointed, but one might argue that this spare, straightforward volume is a more fitting tribute to a scientist who lived a relatively modest public life whil...

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