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Linus Pauling: A Life in Science and Politics

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1170 (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1170
  1. Mikulas Teich

    Ted Goertzel, Ben Goertzel Basic Books (Harper Collins) £18.99, pp 300 ISBN 0 465 00672 8

    Among 20th century scientists Linus Pauling (1901-94) occupies a conspicuous position. For one thing, he was a recipient of two Nobel prizes, for chemistry (1954) and peace (1962), and the authors of this highly readable, unauthorised, biography tell us that “he felt he deserved a third.”

    It is also a useful book for understanding the politics—in the broadest sense of the word—of the Nobel prize awards. Pauling was given the Nobel prize in chemistry for “research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to …

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