Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

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Harper Collins, Jun 13, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Francis Crick, who died at the age of eighty-eight in 2004, will be bracketed with Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein as one of the great scientists of all time. Between 1953 and 1966 he made and led a revolution in biology by discovering, quite literally, the secret of life: the digital cipher at the heart of heredity that distinguishes living from non-living things -- the genetic code. His own discoveries -- though he always worked with one other partner and did much of his thinking in conversation -- include not only the double helix but the whole mechanism of protein synthesis, the three-letter nature of the code, and much of the code itself.

Matt Ridley's biography 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. While at Cambridge, he suddenly began to display the unique visual imagination and intense tenacity of thought that would allow him to see the solutions to several great scientific conundrums -- and to see them long before most biologists had even conceived of the problems. Having set out to determine what makes living creatures alive and having succeeded, he immigrated at age sixty to California and turned his attention to the second question that had fascinated him since his youth: What makes conscious creatures conscious? Time ran out before he could find the answer.

  

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User Review  - Trey Nowell - Goodreads

Author did a very good job collecting info on the life of Francis Crick. Can't say it improved my views of what type of person Crick was, but it brought up many points I had not heard of behind the scenes of all the discoveries. End of the book picked up a bit and was a little more entertaining. Read full review

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User Review  - kaitrana m - Goodreads

brilliantly written, enjoyed this book a great deal Read full review

Contents

Life Itself
1
Three Friends
17
Cambridge
29
Watson
45
Triumph
59
Codes
77
Brenner
97
Triplets and Chapels
115
The Prize
127
Never in a Modest Mood
145
Outer Space
163
California
179
Consciousness
191
The Astonishing Hypothesiser
207
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

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.

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