Candid biography of a scientist’s DNA
FRANCIS CRICK - DISCOVERER OF THE GENETIC CODE, By Matt Ridley, HarperPress, €19.10
Matt Ridley’s portrait of Francis Harry Compton Crick, one half of the scientific double act who discovered the DNA double helix, ‘‘life itself’’ and a ‘‘man routinely described by other scientists as ‘the cleverest person I have ever known’”, is a combination of extremely detailed scientific argument and an exploration of the forces - external and internal - that power a genius.
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