Books: The Genius of Genes

JBS: THE LIFE AND WORK OF J.B.S. HALDANE by Ronald W. Clark. 326 pages. Coward McCann. $6.95.

What a scientist does outside his laboratory is as absorbing to the global villagers of this electronic age as the personal foibles of the parish priest were to parochial villagers of an earlier time. Thus the biography of J.B.S. Haldane, British geneticist, biochemist, politician and honored boffin,* is doubly interesting. As one of the last great Victorian eccentrics, Haldane carried the belligerent confidence of that era into the conformist corridors of the mid-20th century. As an aristocrat turned Communist, he was a classic caricature of...

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