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
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 325,315

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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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This is a wonderful book--deeply substantive, lucid, trenchant, and witty. It tells the biggest story in modern biology. --David Quammen"