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Science  12 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5775, pp. 849-850
DOI: 10.1126/science.1126642

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J. D. Bernal. The Sage of Science. By Andrew Brown. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005. 576 pp. $34.95, £25. ISBN 0-19-851544-8.

The author sketches the colorful life of the polymath Marxist whose work on x-ray crystallography helped lay the foundations of molecular biology and whose intellectual and political efforts during and after World War II made him one of the 20th century's most influential scientists.