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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.
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A page turner for me after page 15 or so. A science whodunnit.Published 3 months ago by Douglas L Cone
This book is an excellent contrast to The Double Helix. That book was written as if you were part of the ongoing process through the eyes of a young James Watson. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Putman
Reading about Dr. Francis Crick, one of the greatest scientist ever, is educative and a pleasure. Matt Riddley makes it enjoyable.Published on June 12, 2013 by Almerio Barros Franca
Matt Ridley is one of my most favoured authors. The vast array of topics, ethology, anthropology, genetics, biology, sociology, psychology, economics, and philosophy rolled into... Read morePublished on June 3, 2012 by Robtheprofessional
This book is a short yet very lucid, and very insightful in some places, of a marvelous scientific life -- that of Francis Crick. Read morePublished on July 3, 2010 by Charles Q. Wu (吴全丰)
Discovery of the secret of the gene (and `life' according to Crick) is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating episodes of the history of science! Read morePublished on April 4, 2010 by Saak V. Ovsepian
This is a very interesting and highly readable book, but a little gushing especially towards the end. Read morePublished on October 9, 2008 by Andrew