Books by Tom Hager

LINUS PAULING AND THE CHEMISTRY OF LIFE by Tom Hager
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1998

In this well-written biography in the Portraits in Science series, the life of Nobel Prize—winning chemist Linus Pauling proves a captivating and inspiring story. Hager (for adults, Force of Nature, 1995, also on Pauling) presents a clear-eyed but compassionate account of Pauling's days, from his childhood grief over the death of his father, through a pressured adolescence at odds with a distant mother, to the sense of fulfillment and freedom he found as an undergraduate in Oregon, and later, as a grad student and beloved professor at CalTech. No discipline proved too difficult for Pauling to master, whether it was biochemistry, quantum mechanics, or evolution. While frequent sidebars throughout the book highlight particular theories, it is Hager's discussion of each as it related to Pauling's life that resonates. Readers will find it extraordinary that Pauling was criticized, in the 1950s, for speaking out against the development of nuclear weapons and on the dangers of atomic fallout, and that, just as extraordinarily, he was awarded a second Nobel Prize—for peace. (b&w photos, chronology, further reading, index) (Biography. 12-15) Read full book review >