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I intend to present a scholarly paper critiquing What Mad Pursuit by Francis Crick The following pages answer and explore questions asked from the Physics 40S Book Review sheet Opinions expressed towards the author are not intended to be negative just critical After reading over this biographynon-fiction piece of literature the theme of What Mad Pursuit is clear However the theme can be found even before Chapter 1 Francis Crick states himself that the most important theme of the book is natural selection Crick pg 5 which of course I knew of but to no overly scientific degree It should be noted Crick couldnt have said it better and I came to realize after learning about it for half the book how right he was by saying natural selection was the theme Natural selection is the process of turning rare random genetic alterations of an organism into common traits For instance If a fruit fly with four legs after a genetic alteration will on average leave more offspring than it would otherwise doIn favourable cases every individual will have come to possess the improved version of the gene The older version will have been eliminated Crick pg 26 Francis Crick uses a slightly repetitive style with an unusual amount of detail to less-scientific sub-plots throughout the book These caught my attention generally because anything different than the otherwise continuous science hurled at the reader was a life-saving treat such as when introducing DNA DNA was not always a familiar term but shortly after lapel buttons came into style Paul Doty was in New York and saw one with DNA written on it Thinking it must refer to something else he asked the vendor what it meant Get with it Bud dats the gene Crick pg 63 Other examples like this broke the ice slightly before diving or plowing into any given topic discussed throughout the book I found the science in What Mad Pursuit especially
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