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Thomas Hager's Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling PDF

By Thomas Hager

Linus Pauling (1901-1994) -- chemist, peace activist, diet C suggest, and the one individual in background to win unshared Nobel Prizes -- leaped the bounds of physics, chemistry, biology, politics, and medication to earn a name as one among America's maximum scientists and humanitarians. In a balanced, pleasing biography, technology author Hager skillfully leads the reader via Pauling's pioneering paintings in fields starting from quantum conception to crystallography to immunology. Drawing on rankings of interviews with Pauling, his kinfolk and his colleagues, and at the two-time Nobel Prize-winner's papers, Hager limns a fiercely aggressive, emotionally constricted guy, irreverent, audacious, occasionally self-righteous and bullying -- a extra complicated determine than his public character of maverick idealist. Drawing on a trove of newly declassified govt files, Hager tells the entire tale of the FBI's harassment and intimidation of Pauling for his leftist politics. The ebook ends with a close assessment of Pauling's arguable late-life examine on diet C.

"A thorough and punctiliously pleasurable biography of a genius" -- The New Yorker

"Magisterial.... a fragile balancing act of empathy and demanding research" -- The instances Literary Supplement.

"Remarkable in either bringing to mild Pauling's character and comparing his medical work." -- Detroit loose Press (4-star review)

"Monumental and authoritative" -- Nature

"The definitive biography" -- The New Scientist

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