Crick, Francis

What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery

  • First edition, first printing. With a slip inscribed by the author, "for Bull, Francis Crick" loosely inserted in an archival paper envelope. Crick was co-discoverer, with James Watson, of the molecular structure of DNA, but his signature is less common than that of his colleague. What Mad Pursuit is Crick's "long-awaited" personal account of the discovery of DNA's structure; his scientific philosophy and his role in shaping the emerging field of molecular biology; and his life and scientific work in the years since. "This is a book to be read more than once; the beauty of its style masks much hard science and subtle thought. In spite of having heard it many times from others, the story of DNA as told by Crick still makes a marvelous read. A sense of clarity of thought combined with an equally strong sense of commitment and overlaid with the deep power of his thinking runs through the book" (Nanjundiah, review in the Journal of Genetics, December 1989).
  • New York: Basic Books, 1988. Octavo. Original blue boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Minor bumps to corners of boards. An excellent, fresh copy in the jacket with minor fading of the spine panel.

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