I Wish I'd Made You Angry Earlier: Essays on Science, Scientists, and Humanity

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Creative ability in science - 354 pages
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This delightful collection of essays by Nobel Laureate Max Perutz explores a wide range of scientific and personal topics with great insight and lucidity. "This ... is a wholly captivating book; it has warmth, wit, and style, and not a dull sentence." Walter Grazer, Nature.
 

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Contents

Friend or Foe of Mankind?
3
Splitting the Atom
17
The Man Who Patented the Bomb
31
Why Did the Germans Not Make the Bomb?
45
Bomb Designer Turned Dissident
55
Liberating France
65
Enemy Alien
73
High on Science
109
Dangerous Misprints
191
A Deadly Inheritance
197
Darwin Was Right
201
A Passion for Crystals
209
By What Right Do We Invoke Human Rights?
215
The Right to Choose
227
Does Nuclear Energy Endanger Us?
237
The Second Secret of Life
255

Deconstructing Pasteur
119
The Battle Over Vitamin C
131
A Mystery of the Tropics
141
The Forgotten Plague
149
What Holds Molecules Together?
163
I Wish Id Made You Angry Earlier
173
Big Fleas Have Little Fleas
177
How the Secret of Life Was Discovered
181
How WL Bragg Invented Xray Analysis
279
Lifes Energy Cycle
295
The Hormone that Makes Nerves Grow
301
How Nerves Conduct Electricity
305
My Commonplace Book
309
Notes and References
329
Subject Index
343
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Max Perutz, FRS, was Director of the Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Biology from its foundation in 1962 until 1979, and remained a member of the scientific staff there until his death in February 2002. In addition to many other awards and honours, he received, with John Kendrew, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1972 for the first solution of the structure of proteins.

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