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Her Hidden Genius
Her Hidden Genius: A Novel | Marie Benedict
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From the New York Times bestselling author of THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE and THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM Rosalind Franklin has always been an outsiderbrilliant, but different. Whether working at the laboratory she adored in Paris or toiling at a university in London, she feels closest to the science, those unchanging laws of physics and chemistry that guide her experiments. When she is assigned to work on DNA, she believes she can unearth its secrets. Rosalind knows if she just takes one more X-ray pictureone more after thousandsshe can unlock the building blocks of life. Never again will she have to listen to her colleagues complain about her, especially Maurice Wilkins who'd rather conspire about genetics with James Watson and Francis Crick than work alongside her. Then it finally happensthe double helix structure of DNA reveals itself to her with perfect clarity. But what unfolds next, Rosalind could have never predicted. Marie Benedict's powerful new novel shines a light on a woman who sacrificed her life to discover the nature of our very DNA, a woman whose world-changing contributions were hidden by the men around her but whose relentless drive advanced our understanding of humankind.
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kspenmoll
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The author states that she based her fictionalized account of Rosalind Franklin‘s journey through her career, on the book by Anne Sayre, Rosalind Franklin and DNA, a non-fiction account. I plan to read her book when I can find it. This is one of those books that stays with me, is connected to the greater world now, & inspires me to keep digging & learn more!

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I realize this book is a fictionalized account of Rosalind Franklin‘s professional life,but I fluctuate from admiration of her genius & anger at how difficult for women it was to get recognition.With the backdrop of the politicized Supreme Court‘s recent decision re:women‘s rights,I have to take breaks from reading.Researched lots.
https://www.sciencehistory.org/historical-profile/james-watson-francis-crick-mau...

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kspenmoll
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#jubilantjuly check in:
Read 20 pp. of Denise Levertov- so dense with information that it is slow going.But I am so sucked in! I find myself looking up new vocabulary like “bathos‘ frequently.Finished A Different Kind of Evil,Read 2 chapters in Her Hidden Genius,50 pp.Murder in the Air, 50 % of Hiding the Past,listened to 3 chapters in Something Blue.Today it‘s going to be in high 90s so we are hunkering down in our air conditioned family room.

Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 3w
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kspenmoll
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Started this today. Library find. I had never heard of Rosalind Franklin, a chemist & pioneer in the field of X-ray crystallography. Her work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), viruses, coal, and graphite.* Crick and Watson utilized her experimental data to build their model of DNA in 1953.
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Lynnsoprano I‘d heard of Rosalind Franklin, but not this book. To the TBR it goes 😄 3w
LeeRHarry And she should have been awarded the Nobel Prize along with them 😡 3w
kspenmoll @LeeRHarry Definitely! Can it be awarded after death decades later? 3w
LeeRHarry @kspenmoll I‘m not sure, but that would be good. 3w
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margoge@hotmail.com
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I enjoyed this book very much. It looked into the life of a relatively unknown scientist who worked tirelessly to uncover the mysteries of DNA. Rosalind Franklin's work enriched our knowledge of science and had been largely overlooked because 3 men took credit for it.

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Sharpeipup
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Starting the day off right 📖
#weekendread

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angieinwonderland
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January was a solid reading month. When there are restrictions on your social life, you read about others people's lives instead. Had to tag one book so I chose my most recent read. Sorry the picture is cut off though....def new at this.

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Reecaspieces
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Mehso-so