Linus Pauling in His Own Words: Selections From his Writings, Speeches and Interviews

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Two-time Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling was known for his scientific discoveries and of his breadth of knowledge, which spanned disciplines. The author, who knew Pauling well, has chosen from among more than 60 years of essays, letters, articles, books, speeches and interviews. As Pauling himself says in the Introduction, "This book will take me as close to writing my memoirs or autobiography as I shall ever get".

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Two-time Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling was known for his scientific discoveries and of his breadth of knowledge, which spanned disciplines. The author, who knew Pauling well, has chosen from among more than 60 years of essays, letters, articles, books, speeches and interviews. As Pauling himself says in the Introduction, "This book will take me as close to writing my memoirs or autobiography as I shall ever get".

Two-time Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling was known for his scientific discoveries and of his breadth of knowledge, which spanned disciplines. The author, who knew Pauling well, has chosen from among more than 60 years of essays, letters, articles, books, speeches and interviews. As Pauling himself says in the Introduction, "This book will take me as close to writing my memoirs or autobiography as I shall ever get."

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Pauling's scientific career spanned nearly the entire 20th century, from his revolutionary Nobel Prize-winning theories on the chemical bond to his controversial work on orthomolecular medicine and vitamin therapy, which continued up to his death in 1994. To many, however, he is best remembered as an ardent peace activist and a crusader for human rights, which brought him his second Nobel. Throughout his career, he was called a genius, a visionary, a Communist, and even a crank. Nothing about Pauling was simple or obvious. For a biographer, writing the life story of so enigmatic a figure is a great challenge and requires an almost epic effort. Neither of these two new biographies is strictly authorized, although Pauling cooperated to some degree in the writing of each. Hager's massive work invokes the broadest context and best portrays Pauling as a man of insight and conscience and a major player in science, politics, and society throughout some extraordinary times. A journalist, Hager made extensive use of Pauling's official archives in the library at Oregon State University and also drew upon reams of other primary sources, including formerly classified materials from the FBI and State Department. Hager does a superior job of fleshing out the details of Pauling's influences and motivations. He also interprets freely, especially in sections describing Pauling's political convictions, and, while some historians might quibble with certain interpretations, Hager backs them up with reference to primary literature. By contrast, the Goertzels' rendering is more factual and straightforward, and it is probably less vulnerable to being criticized for subjectivity. Like Hager, however, the authors (Ted, the father, is a sociology professor; Ben is a lecturer in cognitive science) can be both laudatory and critical of Pauling. Their book's greatest virtue is the lucid and methodological way it expounds Pauling's science, compared with Hager's somewhat discursive technical passages. The Goertzels' work might be the better choice for pedagogical purposes, but, overall, Hager's is better for the majority of general and informed lay readers. Either book is better than Anthony Serafini's Linus Pauling: A Man and his Science (LJ 3/15/89. o.p.). Of the third of these new releases, Linus Pauling in His Own Words, Pauling wrote, "This book will take me as close to writing my memoirs or autobiography as I shall ever get." The editor was a lifelong associate of Pauling and an employee at his Institute for Science and Medicine; her selections, arranged in four chronological sections, are both forceful and enlightening and full of resonant quotes, and her transitional text makes for smooth reading. The tone is openly deferential to Pauling (the book is dedicated to him); accordingly, it might appeal to fans and admirers, but its academic usefulness is minimal. Being released in tandem with Hager's book, however, it might ride on the latter's coattails.Gregg Sapp, Univ. of Miami Lib.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780684813875
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 10/30/1995
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Preface 13
Editor's Note 21
I The Path of Learning 1901-1922
1 Starting Out 25
2 What Is Chemistry? 43
3 Education in Science 55
II The Structure of Matter 1922-1954
4 Probing the Chemical Bond 67
5 Messages in the Blood 91
6 Proteins Revealed 112
III The Nuclear Age 1945-1994
7 Atomic Politics 137
8 The Perils of Fallout 161
9 Apostle of Peace 183
IV Nutritional Medicine 1954-1994
10 Mind and Molecules 209
11 Vitamin Crusader 239
12 The Nucleus of Controversy 262
Linus Pauling: A Brief Chronology 287
Notes on Sources 291
Acknowledgments 303
Permissions 306
Index 310
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2004

    critics with misplaced priorities

    Generally I accept the applause of this work, though I can't resist commenting on the relative evaluations of the various biographies of Pauling. In my view the best are Serafini's and Goertzel's, though I think all do a good job. The Serafini book, LINUS PAULING: A MAN AND HIS SCIENCE has, of course, irritated a couple of scientists, doubtless because it exposes the shenanigans and fraud scientists are capable of. This is all to the good of course.

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