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J. D. Bernal: The Sage of Science

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J.D. Bernal, known as "Sage," was an extraordinary man and multifaceted character. A scientist of dazzling intellectual ability and a leading figure in the development of X-ray crystallography, he was a polymath, a fervent Marxist, and much admired worldwide. Although he himself never won a Nobel Prize, several of his distinguished students went on to do so, including Doro ...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 24th 2005)
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Andrew Brown is a journalist and writer; editor of the Belief section of the Guardian's Comment is Free as well as a weekly web column and other work. He is author of "Fishing in Utopia", The Darwin Wars: The Scientific Battle for the Soul of Man, and In the Beginning Was the Worm: Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite. He has also been Religious Affairs correspondent for the Indepen ...more
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