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Francis Crick 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.

10 thoughts on “Francis Crick

  1. says:

    This is a short biography, but also very concise If one were to remove from it everything that was not directly relevant to giving a picture of Crick and his achievements, the thing would be nothan a paragraph shorter It s a fact packed, straight to the point account, and is all theinteresting for that.We learn of Crick s war work on mines, his early forarys into protein structures, the fateful partnership with Watson, his ringmaster role in the later unravelling of the genetic c This is a short biography, but also very concise If one were to remove from it everything that was not directly relevant to giving a picture of Crick and his achievements, the thing would be nothan a paragraph shorter It s a fact packed, straight to the point account, and is all theinteresting for that.We learn of Crick s war work on mines, his early forarys into protein structures, the...

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    On the point of abandoning sending this one back,because I m so swamped with better books on hand I just never warmed to this one, but lots of other folks like it I m leaving it unrated, but caveat lector The weird cover photo doesn t help.

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    This is the second book in the Eminent Lives series that I ve read and this one is as different from the first Bill Bryson s book on Shakespeare as Bryson is different from Ridley Bryson s forced to detail the life of the Bard from a scant historical record Ridley has an abundance of material in his detailed account of Francis Crick Discoverer of the Genetic Code , including Crick s family and collaborators.I was surprised in reading the account to get a detailed description of each of t This is the second book in the Eminent Lives series that I ve read and this one is as different from the first Bill Bryson s book on Shakespeare as Bryson is different from Ridley Bryson s forced to detail the life of the Bard from a scant historical record Ridley has an abundance of material in his detailed account of Francis Crick Discoverer of the Genetic Code , including Crick s family and collaborators.I was surprised in reading the account to get a detailed description of each of the steps to arriving at the structure of DNA and surprised too that its significance took so long to be confirmed and accepted by non geneticists Ridley sthan just a great fan his epilogue says, Because of the momentous nature of his discoveries, Francis Crick must eventually be bracketed with Galileo, Darwin and Einstein as one of the great scientists of all time Ridley says that it is evensurprising, given youthful mediocrity H...

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    The book was a light read, finished over a lazy weekend interspersed with binge eating and binge sleeping However, it was sort of interesting, sort of funny, like reading about a hip, clever grandpa who was very smart and was a playboy at the same time BTW, I had no idea that Crick got interested in Neuroscience at the end of his life Nor that he also played a huge role in defining the central dogma, or even the RNA codon code breaking He is such an inspiration as he is the kind of genius th The book was a light read, finished over a lazy weekend interspersed with binge eating and binge sleeping However, it was sort of interesting, sort of funny, like reading about a hip, clever grandpa who was very smart and was a playboy at the same time BTW, I had no idea that Crick got interested in Neuroscience at the end of his life Nor that he also played a huge role in defining the central dogma, or even the RNA codon code breaking He is such an inspiration as he is the ...

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    One fast way of judging biographies is by size Not always, but all too often, big fat ones contain fartiresome detail than the reader ever wants, while short pithy ones give just highlights of personalities and events, and leave the reader thirsting forBy and large, brief ones provide a clearer impression, at least when as carefully composed as this one is The physicist Wolfgang Pauli once wrote to a friend please excuse me for sending a long letter, I ...

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    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 enthusiasm for living, for conversation, for ideas Crick emerges as a man who depended on others to respond to and challenge his ideas, with the rare ability to at the right point synthesize those ideas is clearly written papers.As someone with no background in biology, or the genetic code or even why 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 enthusiasm for liv...

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    DNA The Double Helix A gripping account of their discovery and personal relationships at scientific level that made them possible Sometimes it s a hunch, but most times it is assiduously hard work and study, whether in Cambridge, UCL, Birkbeck or California that are the stuff of breakthroughs Above all, Crick teaches us that sci...

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    This is the third Eminent Lives book I ve read, following Christopher Hitchen s book on Jefferson and Paul Johnson s on George Washington Once again, I was not disappointed The book is fascinating, engaging, readable, and unromantic Most of all, I was not expecting to be inspired, but I was Crick didn t start making major discoveries until his thirties after a pretty mediocre young adulthood If you have any interest at all in the discovery of DNA, or in the history of modern biology, this i This is the third Eminent Lives book I ve read, following Christopher Hitchen s book on Jefferson and Paul Johnson s on George Washington Once again, I was not disappointed The book is fa...

  9. says:

    A good scientific biography, and a good companion to The Double Helix The quality declines a little at the end For a while it takes on a sort of and then he did this, and then he did this, and then he did this sort of approach The kind of ...

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