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Her Hidden Genius: A Novel Kindle Edition
"Brings to life Franklin's grit and spirit...an important contribution to the historical record." —The Washington Post
The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie!
She changed the world with her discovery. Three men took the credit.
Rosalind Franklin has always been an outsider—brilliant, 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 picture—one more after thousands—she 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 happens—the 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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The Other Einstein
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The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
From the Publisher
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"Marie Benedict does it again, pulling another brilliant woman out of the shadows of history into an illuminating portrait for posterity. This eye-opening novel deftly explores the life of Rosalind Franklin--the wronged heroine of world-changing discoveries--and her singular pursuit of science. Educational and astounding. Brava!" ― Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter
"What an important book this is. Through Marie Benedict's trademark insight and immersive historical research, Rosalind Franklin and her extraordinary legacy are beautifully restored to public recognition. So brilliantly sketched is this brilliant woman that you will find yourself both infuriated by the misogynistic battles she faces and inspired by the intellectual achievements she manages to secure regardless. A must-read for anyone interested in science or forgotten heroines." ― Kate Moore, New York Times bestselling author of The Radium Girls and The Woman They Could Not Silence
"Impeccably researched and beautifully written, Her Hidden Genius is a remarkable story of strength, perseverance, and achievement. Marie Benedict once again shines a light on women in science, vibrantly bringing Rosalind Franklin's genius to life in the pages of her novel." ― Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of Half Life
"Marie Benedict has given us an immense gift: a peek into the inner world of Rosalind Franklin, one of the most brilliant--and overlooked--scientists of her time. Her Hidden Geniusdescribes the discovery of DNA in exquisite beauty, weaving the structure of the double helix effortlessly into a poignant and compelling narrative. This is Benedict's best work yet, a book that will break your heart, rattle your expectations, and ultimately leave you stunned by the sacrifices one woman made for science." ― Nathalia Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B094XGRWW6
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (January 25, 2022)
- Publication date : January 25, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 5111 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 328 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,527 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2022
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We will probably never know what actually happened among the five or so people in London & Cambridge in late 1952 and early 1953 who discovered the molecular structure of DNA (which conveys heritable characteristics from one generation to another). The central scientist, Dr. Franklin,, did not leave us (as far as I know) any written account of these events before she passed away. The other participants have changed their stories many times, as it has become increasingly clear that Dr. Franklin was the victim of serious breaches of scientific ethics by the scientists who were, after her death, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
I think that Ms. Benedict—while writing fiction—has given usa narrative that is probably fairly close to the truth. That's just my guess, because we probably can't know the truth, But her narrative hangs together with the facts we do know—and my hat is off to her!
Using her experience with x-ray crystallography skills, she takes repeated pictures of the structure of DNA until she finally takes Photo 51 - the photo that showcases the pure form of DNA - the double helix. The problem is there are other people who want to beat her to the reveal of the structure of life and they will do anything to make that happen.
Despite the fact that she is never given the credit she deserved and others were awarded the Nobel Prize based on her work, Rosalind Franklin never turned away from her love of science - even when it is believed to be the reason behind her death. Rosalind Franklin died of ovarian cancer thought to have been caused by her close working proximity to radiation.
I am a huge fan of Marie Benedict and will read any and everything she writes. There is always a large amount of research and care given to each woman's story in order to fully tell their story. I will always recommend a Marie Benedict novel to anyone interested in one.
Due to her experience as a lawyer and history major at Boston College, it was all in a day’s work. Benedict very ably brought Franklin’s life and accomplishments to life and acknowledged all her sources and techniques for this well researched book. The reader is well informed and the name Rosalind Franklin is well engraved on the reader’s mind.