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Light is a Messenger

The Life and Science of William Lawrence Bragg

Light is a Messenger
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"Light is a Messenger" is the first biography of Sir Lawrence Bragg, the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. Bragg won the Nobel Prize for discovering how to use X-rays to determine the atomic structures of crystals and molecules. He was director of the research unit in which James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helix structure of DNA. - ;"Light is a Messenger" is the first biography of William Lawrence Bragg, who was only 25 when he won the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics - the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. It describes how Bragg discovered the use of X-rays to determine the arrangement of atoms in crystals and his pivotal role in developing this technique to the point that structures of the most complex molecules known to Man - the proteins and nucleic acids - could be solved. Although Bragg's Nobel

Prize was for physics, his research profoundly affected chemistry and the new field of molecular biology, of which he became a founding figure. This book explains how these revolutionary scientific events occurred while Bragg struggled to emerge from the shadow of his father, Sir William Bragg, and

amidst a career-long rivalry with the brilliant American chemist, Linus Pauling. - ;This book will be a key starting point for further work. - Jeff Hughes, Ambix

Oxford University Press, UK; August 2004
335 pages; ISBN 9780191523823
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