Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Jan 17, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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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.

  

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Review: Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

User Review  - kaitrana m - Goodreads

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

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User Review  - Bill Swan - Goodreads

Francis Crick "invented life" -- the double helix the explains DNA and how all life is linked. The story told here is quite detailed, although a bit dry. What emerges is the portrait of a man with ... 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
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About the author (2012)

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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