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Genes, Flies, Bomb and a Better Life
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The mysteries of heredity began to succumb to science in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Key steps were the adoption of the fruit fly as an experimental subject and the discovery by Hermann... More > Muller that nuclear radiation causes mutations. These led to maps of the fly's chromosomes as a chain of genes – essentially today's model. Muller's career was nearly ruined by his socialist views and he exiled himself to Germany and then Russia. He left Russia in a hurry in 1937and after a few years in Edinburgh he returned to the USA, where he struggled to find a suitable academic post. Nonetheless, he warned of the genetic hazards of radiation, particularly weapons fallout, when this was officially unwelcome. He also promoted eugenics – racial improvement – right up to his death. This book is not just a brief biography of Muller but a history of how the ideas he inherited, supported and originated subsequently evolved and flowered or foundered.< Less
Taming the Rays: A History of Radiation and Protection
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A history of ionising radiation, our understanding of it and of the harm it can cause. How the ways we exploited it, managed it and measured it changed during the twentieth century.
Winifred Brown: Britain's Adventure Girl No.1
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A biography of Winifred Brown (1899-1984), an outstanding British sportswoman, aviator and yachtswoman of her time.
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