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Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

Paperback Eminent Lives

By (author) Matt Ridley

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 213 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 202mm x 14mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2009
  • ISBN 10: 0061148458
  • ISBN 13: 9780061148453
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 420,746

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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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"Enjoyable...Ridley does an excellent job of escorting readers on [an] intellectual roller coaster ride."--BioScience