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The Secret of Life

The Secret of Life

Howard Markel
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Item #: UV7822
Format: Hardcover, 576 pages; 2021
When James Watson and Francis Crick eagerly professed to their local pub in 1953 that they had unearthed the secret of life, they neglected to mention a pivotal catalyst in the discovery. Rosalind Franklin was a brilliant scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry and a profound aptitude in X-ray crystallography. During Watson and Crick's search, she and her colleague Maurice ... More
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When James Watson and Francis Crick eagerly professed to their local pub in 1953 that they had unearthed the secret of life, they neglected to mention a pivotal catalyst in the discovery. Rosalind Franklin was a brilliant scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry and a profound aptitude in X-ray crystallography. During Watson and Crick's search, she and her colleague Maurice Wilkins were also a part of the race, studying DNA at King's College using X-ray diffraction, where she captured the image that would alter our grasp of life itself. Unbeknownst to Franklin, Wilkins shared her discovery with Watson and Crick, resulting in Nobel prizes for the three men four years after Franklin died; she never knew that she helped change the world. This engrossing, scrupulously researched biography not only graces readers with Watson and Crick's eccentric personalities and Wilkins's coltish mien but introduces us to the brilliance behind the scenes, granting Franklin a little of the attention she earned. Lovers of science, the extraordinary, and trailblazing women will devour this dramatic true story! (HC)


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