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Eminent Lives

Francis Crick

Discoverer of the Genetic Code

About the Book

Part of the acclaimed Eminent Lives series, Francis Crick is the first biography of the eminent scientist, co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA. Written by Matt Ridley, the award-winning author of the national bestseller Genome, Francis Crick traces his 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 31 and his enormous success, providing “a considerably more complete and colorful portrait of Crick than has existed before.” (New York Times)

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Critical Praise

“Matt Ridley’s Francis Crick perceptively and warmly recounts the extraordinary life of the 20th century’s most important biologist.” —James D. Watson

“A nimble biography.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A considerably more complete and colorful portrait of Crick than has existed before.” —Nicholas Wade, New York Times

“Thoughtful. . .aptly conjures a forgotten scientific landscape. . .” —New York Times Book Review

“Lucid and riveting . . . Completely captivating, a lively and deeply intriguing account of one of biology’s most imaginative scientists.” —Kay Redfield Jamison

“Matt Ridley’s book reads beautifully, the science flowing along with the life, to form a unity.” —Aaron Klug

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

“A fitting tribute to a…canonical figure in modern science” —Publishers Weekly

“Ridley has captured the wonder of an unparalleled scientific mind at work and at play.” —Nicholas Wade, New York Times

Praise for Eminent Lives Series: FRANCIS CRICK and CHARLES DARWIN —--

“The reader gets a strong sense of how these men lived, what they achieved and how they achieved it.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Ridley captures Crick’s audacity, brilliance and, not least, eloquence…An excellent first biography” —Brenda Maddox, Sunday Times (London)

“Enjoyable…Ridley does an excellent job of escorting readers on [an] intellectual roller coaster ride.” —BioScience

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061148453
  • ISBN 10: 0061148458
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 11/03/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: 16.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology

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