Ahead of the Curve: David Baltimore's Life in Science

Ahead of the Curve David Baltimore s Life in Science Shane Crotty s biography of David Balti details the life and work of one of the most brilliant powerful and controversial scientists of our time Although only in his early sixties Balti has made ma

  • Title: Ahead of the Curve: David Baltimore's Life in Science
  • Author: Shane Crotty
  • ISBN: 9780520225572
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shane Crotty s biography of David Balti details the life and work of one of the most brilliant, powerful, and controversial scientists of our time Although only in his early sixties, Balti has made major discoveries in molecular biology, established the prestigious Whitehead Institute at MIT, been president of Rockefeller University, won the Nobel Prize, and beenShane Crotty s biography of David Balti details the life and work of one of the most brilliant, powerful, and controversial scientists of our time Although only in his early sixties, Balti has made major discoveries in molecular biology, established the prestigious Whitehead Institute at MIT, been president of Rockefeller University, won the Nobel Prize, and been vilified by detractors in one of the most scandalous and protracted investigations of scientific fraud ever He is now president of Caltech and a leader in the search for an AIDS vaccine Crotty not only tells the compelling story of this larger than life figure, he also treats the reader to a lucid account of the amazing revolution that has occurred in biology during the past forty years.Basing his narrative on many personal interviews, Crotty recounts the milestones of Balti s career completing his Ph.D at Rockefeller University in eighteen months, participating in the anti Vietnam War movement, winning a Nobel Prize at age thirty seven for the codiscovery of reverse transcriptase, and co organizing the recombinant DNA genetic engineering moratorium Along the way, readers learn what viruses are and what they do, what cancer is and how it happens, the complexities of the AIDS problem, how genetic engineering works, and why making a vaccine is a complicated process And, as Crotty considers Balti s public life, he retells the famous scientific fraud saga and Balti s vindication after a decade of character assassination.Crotty possesses the alchemical skill of converting technical scientific history into entertaining prose as he conveys Balti s huge ambitions, intensity, scientific genius, attitude toward science and politics, and Balti s own view about what happened in the Balti Affair Ahead of the Curve shows why with his complex personality, keen involvement in public issues, and wide ranging interests David Balti has not only shaped the face of American science as we know it today, but has also become a presence in our culture.

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    1. Shane Crotty Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Ahead of the Curve: David Baltimore's Life in Science book, this is one of the most wanted Shane Crotty author readers around the world.

    2. Ahead of the Curve talks about the events in David Baltimore's life. From the beggining David knew what he would study. Her mother teached him every thing that she knew about medicine. His brother followed his passes. David had a partner in the laboratory. He also discovered new things about DNA. He also had a laboratory were he worked and discovered many things. Many people wanted to work with him because of his characteristics such as group work and smart. His partner won a nobel prize after h [...]

    3. Yes, my husband wrote it. That doesn't change the fact that it is a wonderful book, perfect for the non-scientist who is interested in how biology has changed our lives in the past 50 years. Read it!

    4. Lessons learned from this book: keep your lab notebook organized, and take detailed notes great book highlighting the advance of molecular biology(recombinant protein). Experience might needed to understand the book well I was a physicist when I bought this book, and I could not read it. Only after I completed my studies in molecular biophysics I gave it a try again and I could not stop reading it it was very well written !!! ๐Ÿ““๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ”ฌ

    5. Really enjoyed this book. Especially enjoyed the unfolding of the history of molecular biology. One of the best books I have ever read that successfully intertwines personal stories with science. Recommend!!!

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