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I wish I'd made you angry earlier : essays on science, scientists, and humanity

Author: Max F Perutz
Publisher: Plainview, N.Y. : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, ©1998.
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"Science is no quiet life. Imagination, creativity, ambition, and conflict are as vital and abundant in science as in artistic endeavors. In this collection of essays, the Nobel Prize-winning protein chemist Max Perutz writes about the pursuit of scientific knowledge, which he sees as an enterprise providing not just new facts but cause for reflection and revelation, as in a poem or painting." "Perutz seeks to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Perutz, Max F.
I wish I'd made you angry earlier.
Plainview, N.Y. : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)607094145
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Max F Perutz
ISBN: 0879695242 9780879695248
OCLC Number: 37721221
Description: xv, 354 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ploughshares into Swords --
Friend or Foe of Mankind? --
Splitting the Atom --
The Man Who Patented the Bomb --
Why Did the Germans Not Make the Bomb? --
Bomb Designer Turned Dissident --
Liberating France --
Enemy Alien --
The Threat of Biological Weapons --
How to Make Discoveries --
High on Science --
Deconstructing Pasteur --
The Battle Over Vitamin C --
A Mystery of the Tropics --
The Forgotten Plague --
What Holds Molecules Together? --
I Wish I'd Made You Angry Earlier --
Big Fleas Have Little Fleas ... --
How the Secret of Life Was Discovered --
Dangerous Misprints --
A Deadly Inheritance --
Darwin Was Right --
A Passion for Crystals --
The Top Designer --
The Great Sage --
It Ain't Necessarily So --
Photo Gallery --
Rights and Wrongs --
By What Right Do We Invoke Human Rights? --
The Right to Choose --
Swords into Ploughshares: Does Nuclear Energy Endanger Us? --
What If? --
More about Discoveries --
The Second Secret of Life --
How W.L. Bragg Invented X-ray Analysis --
Life's Energy Cycle --
The Hormone That Makes Nerves Grow --
How Nerves Conduct Electricity --
In Pursuit of Peace and Protein --
Keilin and the Molteno --
Growing Up among the Elements --
Friendly Way to Science --
The Scientific and Humane Legacy of Max Perutz (1914-2002) --
My Commonplace Book.
Other Titles: I wish I had made you angry earlier
Responsibility: Max F. Perutz.

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"Science is no quiet life. Imagination, creativity, ambition, and conflict are as vital and abundant in science as in artistic endeavors. In this collection of essays, the Nobel Prize-winning protein chemist Max Perutz writes about the pursuit of scientific knowledge, which he sees as an enterprise providing not just new facts but cause for reflection and revelation, as in a poem or painting." "Perutz seeks to convince us that science is a passionate enterprise and the pursuit of knowledge a sortie into the unknown. There is no more persuasive advocate. These pages are filled with portraits of twentieth-century giants, Pauling, Meitner, Bragg, Haber, Medawar, Szilard, Jacob, Krebs, and others. There are entertaining glimpses of Perutz's own long and exceptional life: his flight from Vienna in the 30's and internment in Britain as an enemy alien in World War II, rescue from the sea after a U-boat attack, involvement in a scheme to make ships of ice for refuelling aircraft in the North Atlantic, and after the war his intense, ten-year struggle to perfect a new way of understanding protein structure and function. Perutz is an eloquent spokesman for humanitarian causes, and his observations on abortion issues, nuclear fuel reprocessing, and human rights reflect a lifelong concern for both social justice and scientific integrity."--Jacket.

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