Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

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Harper Collins, 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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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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Matt Ridley is the award-winning, bestselling author of several books, including The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves; Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters; and The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. His books have sold more than one million copies in thirty languages worldwide. He writes regularly for The Times (London) and The Wall Street Journal, and is a member of the House of Lords. He lives in England.

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