Max F. Perutz

I Wish I'd Made you Angry Earlier Translated from english by Christian Cler. Publication date : September 1, 2000

Science is hardly a placid field. Ambition and conflicts play as great a part in scientific advances as creativity. In his new collection of essays, Max Perutz, Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry renowned for his findings about the nature of proteins, describes how he perceives the search for scientific knowledge.
Some of the events recounted here could be described as detective stories, others as love stories, power games, or even tales of senile delirium. The author has included numerous portraits of famous scientists: Linus Pauling, Meitner, Bragg, Haber, Medawar, Szilard, and François Jacob, among others. In addition, Perutz provides details of his own life: his flight from Vienna in the 1930s, followed by internment in England at the outbreak of World War II, his scientific work in the struggle against Nazi Germany, his ceaseless efforts to understand the structure and functions of proteins, his participation in the struggle for social causes.
For Max Perutz, science is a passionate affair, and the quest for knowledge is an adventure at the frontier of the unknown.
A book reviewer wrote of Perutz’s earlier book, La Science est-elle Nécessaire?, that it transformed “science and medicine into adventure playgrounds that we are very excited to visit with such a knowledgeable and compassionate author”. This is a fascinating personal account of science, as it is really practised, by one of its contemporary masters.

Max Perutz was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1972, for his work on protein structure.
From 1962 to 1979, he headed the Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Biology, in Britain, and remains a member of its scientific team.
He is the author of La Science est-elle nécessaire?, published by Editions Odile Jacob.