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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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Reading about Dr. Francis Crick, one of the greatest scientist ever, is educative and a pleasure. Matt Riddley makes it enjoyable.Published 17 months ago 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
While the author got Crick's name right, he dropped the ball on the rest of the title. Crick did not discover the genetic code. Marshall Nirenberg did. Read morePublished on October 23, 2007 by Dick Marti
This book, by professor and author Matt Ridley, succinctly tells the life story of Dr. Read more
I'm still reading this book, short as it is. However, if you are interested in the origin of ideas and how scientists think you will find this a fascinating story. Read morePublished on November 4, 2006 by Amazon Customer