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McClintock

Nicholas Wade, 20 September 1984

A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock 
by Evelyn Fox Keller.
Freeman, 235 pp., £13.95, July 1984, 0 7167 1433 7
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A Slot Machine, A Broken Test Tube 
by S.E. Luria.
Harper and Row, 229 pp., £12.50, May 1984, 0 06 015260 5
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... molecular level. McClintock’s bad luck was to get out too far ahead of the juggernaut. Salvador Luria, on the other hand, caught the right wave at the right time, and rode it to a Nobel Prize. A Slot Machine, A Broken Test Tube is an autobiography which reflects a lifetime’s residence at science’s higher altitudes. ...

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