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Posted October 16, 2002
We've come a long way!
As an undergraduate I read about the discovery of the structure of DNA by Dr. J.D. Watson. What I didn't know was that it was Dr. R. Franklins X-ray crystallography of DNA fibers that was instrumental to this discovery. Ms. Maddox describes what the climate was like for this woman in science. It was the 1950s and from this book it appears that women didn't get the respect that men did. Still Dr. Franklin was a very successful scientist who did travel the world giving lectures about her work. However, this book points out that Dr. Franklin didn't get the credit she deserved for her contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA. The world has changed since the 50's. From my own life experience I find that it's easier for a woman to get respect for her work. And she doesn't have to give up life for that. I enjoyed the historical points in this book...as I have traveled to Cambridge..and have seen some of the places alluded to in the book without having known some of their scientific significance...I enjoyed the story, as much as I enjoyed the history. It is not necessary to be a scientist to enjoy this book!
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Posted January 17, 2014