The engaging, readable narrative is enhanced by numerous excerpts from Brenners professional and personal correspondence, from his published work, and from interviews of friends and colleagues. Friedberg provides descriptions of the nuts and bolts of research that should interest general readers and resonate with scientists.
Friedberg...offers a wonderful overview of the life of one of the most interesting scientists living today.
The author finds the right tone for discussing Brenners scientific thoughts and discoveries: his descriptions of the science are basic enough that nonbiologists will understand the essence but not simplified too far. Concise and entertaining, Friedbergs Sydney Brenner is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of molecular biology.
I can enthusiastically endorse Friedbergs book and recommend it to anyone interested in modern biological sciences and the story of the men and women who pioneered this exciting field of research. Sydney Brenner is undoubtedly one of the most important pioneers in its development and, in his 80s, is still making significant contributions to it.
Adler Museum Bulletin
Friedbergs book is a well-written, engaging account that does justice to its subject it is not overly flattering nor does it underplay Brenners many accomplishments. Both those who have read other Brenner biographies and those who dont know anything about him would benefit from giving Friedbergs biography a read.
Errol Friedberg has written an absorbing account of Sydney Brenner, one of the founders of molecular biology...Friedbergs book is thoroughly researched and based on numerous interviews. It contains revealing quotes for chemists..., an excellent collection of photographs. I strongly recommend this account of the life of a man of unusual talent, humour and intensity...
With meticulous attention to detail, Errol Friedberg takes us on a journey through the extraordinary life of Sydney Brenner....Friedberg laces his narrative with quotations and letters, family anecdotes and opinions from colleagues which humanize Brenner, highlighting his indisputable strengths and his minor foibles....This biography will inspire scientists...
I found this book fascinating, both from the historical aspect of the window it gives on to the golden age of biology through the description of Brenners scientific work, and also from the human aspect of Brenner the leader, advisor, mentor and family man. I heartily recommend it as a good read for anyone interested in exploring how we arrived at our current state of knowledge in molecular biology and the part played by this great man.
The Bulletin of The Royal College of Pathologists
I read it more like a historic novel about molecular biology than a biography; and was totally hooked to the story....its written so well that you forget about your own knowledge, and live the discoveries with Brenner, Watson, Crick, Nirenberg, and so on. Seriously they could make a nerdy TV show out of this. I learned so many things reading it, but also laughed a lot...