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Francis Crick
Prometheus Books (April 1, 2004)
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FRANCIS HARRY COMPTON CRICK was born on June 8, 1916, at Northampton, England

FRANCIS HARRY COMPTON CRICK was born on June 8, 1916, at Northampton, England. The elder son of Harry and Annie Elizabeth Wilkins Crick, he was educated at Northampton Grammar School and Mill Hill School, London. He studied physics at University College, London, earning his bachelor's degree in 1937.

Of Molecules and Men book. Of Molecules and Men (Great Minds Series). An insight into 1966 thinking about science written by Francis Crick

Of Molecules and Men book. 1591021855 (ISBN13: 9781591021858). An insight into 1966 thinking about science written by Francis Crick. I particularly loved part 3's discussion on computers, AI and religion. A truly brilliant mind. Dec 29, 2008 Diana rated it liked it.

FRANCIS HARRY COMPTON CRICK was born on June 8, 1916, at Northampton, England

FRANCIS HARRY COMPTON CRICK was born on June 8, 1916, at Northampton, England. His pursuit of a doctorate was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. Crick worked as a physicist for the British Admiralty during the war, leaving in 1947 to study biology. Of Molecules and Men G - Reference, Information and Interdisciplinary Subjects Series Great minds series Life Science (Great Minds) S.

His book Of Molecules and Men (1966) discusses the implications of the revolution in molecular biology. What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery was published in 1988.

Of Molecules and Men (Great Minds) ) . Francis Harry Compton Crick was born on June 8, 1916, at Northampton, England, being the elder child of Harry Crick and Annie Elizabeth Wilkins.

Of Molecules and Men (Great Minds) ) There is probably no one who has a deeper understanding of life’s biochemical basis than Sir Francis Crick. He was born and raised in Weston Favell, then a small village near the English town of Northampton, in which Crick’s father and uncle ran the family’s boot and shoe factory.

Francis Harry Compton Crick OM FRS (8 June 1916 – 28 July 2004) was a British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist. In 1953, he co-authored with James Watson the academic paper proposing the double helix structure of the DNA molecule.

Francis Harry Compton Crick was one of the greatest scientists. He is best known for his work with James Watson which led to the identification of the structure of DNA. Watson’s company was a great influence for Crick. Sharing the same passion and eagerness, they both were keen to find out the answer to the fundamental question of how genetic information could be stored in molecular form.

A new book provides sharp insights into Francis Crick's scientific work and the nature of his remarkable creativity. Francis Crick is associated with two discoveries, probably two of the most important in the 20th century: the double helix of DNA and the genetic code. The first he discovered with James Watson; the second he worked out mostly by himself, though with contributions from many others. Despite Crick’s extraordinary distinction as a scientist, little has been written about his life aside from his brief autobiographical essay, What Mad Pursuit, and his leading role in The Eighth Day of Creation, Horace Freeland Judson’s outstanding oral history of molecular biology.

Crick had been inspired partly by the great quantum physicist Erwin . Francis Crick Of Molecules and Men University of Washington Press, 1966.

Crick had been inspired partly by the great quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger’s 1944 book What is Life? Schrödinger told his fellow physicists that the molecules of life were the great unexplored frontier. In his mind’s eye he could now see the symmetry of a DNA molecule: two helices that formed a dyad. The dyad symmetry meant that if the double helix structure were rotated through 180 degrees, it would look the same as it did before the rotation. Horace Freeland Judson The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology Simon & Schuster, 1979.

There is probably no one who has a deeper understanding of life’s biochemical basis than Sir Francis Crick. In 1962, he won the Nobel Prize in Medicine, along with J. D. Watson and M. H. F. Wilkins, for breakthrough studies on the molecular structure of DNA. Just four years later he published this collection of popular lectures in which he explained the importance of this discovery in layperson’s terms and emphasized its wide-reaching implications. Though written forty years ago, this succinct, lucid explication of the scientific facts remains the perfect primer for the lay reader curious about the ongoing biological revolution and is amazingly prescient in light of recent developments.Beginning with a critique of "vitalism," the notion that an intangible life force beyond the grasp of biology distinguishes living organisms from inanimate things, Crick argues that in all likelihood the complex mechanisms of DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis fully explain the phenomenon of life. While admitting that many details are uncertain and much remains unknown about the origins of life, he nonetheless maintains that chance mutations over time, in conjunction with the law of natural selection, offer the most rational explanation of the evolution of life on earth from inorganic precursors. Although few speak of vitalism today, the controversy that Crick addresses is still with us in the form of intelligent design, which suggests that biochemistry and evolution alone do not sufficiently explain the uniqueness of life.In his second lecture Crick explores the borderline between the organic and inorganic, presenting an elegantly clear description of DNA’s basic structure and function in relation to RNA and myriad enzymes.In the final lecture, "The Prospect Before Us," he anticipates events and trends that have in fact come to pass in the past four decades: the increasing use of computer technology and robotics in mind-brain research, explorations into right-side vs. left-side uses of the brain, controversies surrounding the existence of the soul, the dead end of ESP investigations, and above all the daunting challenges of explaining consciousness in completely scientific terms.Of Molecules and Men is a fascinating, still-very-relevant discussion of many crucially important issues in life science.
  • Except for the fundamentalist atheist screed, it was fine. The latter part was totally unnecessary. While i may agree with him, the opinion seemed out of place in this book.

  • Sir Francis Crick provides a clear, compact exploration of the shape, size, and significance of the gene, the molecular basis of all life. He begins his discussion asking for a definition of aliveness. Then he traces clearly the path to our present knowledge of how the gene is structured and points out that its existence is totally a product of Darwinian evolution. This means that the gene is not the product of a prior plan, but results from a series of accidents. He also believes that most of the elements making up the gene can either now, or soon will, synthesize genes.
    He describes the position of several scientists who posit an invisible, purposeful substance or influence which cause life to exist within the gene, called vitalism. He is highly critical of this position as being based on wishful thinking, or an attempt to support a theological assumption.
    Crick is a partner in the Watson-Crick team who first described the structure of the gene in the 1950s. Watson wrote a very controversial account of the "race" to discover the gene's structure in his book "The Double Helix."
    "Of Molecules and Men" is a delightful read, elegant, sparce, and by a genuine authority. Itis a surprisingly brief and informative examination of what the gene is which is enlightening for any reader.
    E.T. Dell, Jr. Peterborough, NH