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I Died for Beauty: A Biography of Dorothy Wrinch

Marjorie Senechal


Dorothy Wrinch, a complicated and ultimately tragic figure, is remembered today for her much publicized feud with Linus Pauling over the shape of proteins, known as “the cyclol controversy.” Pauling emerged victorious and is now seen as one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists. History has proven less kind to Wrinch. Although some of Wrinch's theories did not pass the test of time, her contributions to the fields of Darwinism, probability and statistics, quantum mechanics, x-ray diffraction, and computer science were anything but inconsequential. Wrinch's story is also the story of t ... More

Keywords: Dorothy Wrinch, Linus Pauling, the cyclol controversay, Darwinism, probability, statistics, quantum mechanics, x-ray diffraction, computer science, crystals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199732593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199732593.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marjorie Senechal, author
Smith College, Professor Emeritus