The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
The classic personal account of Watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA, now with an introduction by Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind.
By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only twenty-four, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science’s greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.
With humility unspoiled by false modesty, Watson relates his and Crick’s desperate efforts to beat Linus Pauling to the Holy Grail of life sciences, the identification of the basic building block of life. Never has a scientist been so truthful in capturing in words the flavor of his work.
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At the storied Cavendish Laboratory, he instantly bonded with Francis Crick, a
loquacious British ex-physicist who was a dozen years older but was still working
on his doctoral thesis in biology. Brash, ambitious, a trifle loud, the two scientists
Crick and Watson, along the backs Francis in the Cavendish Maurice Wilkins
World Wide Photos The microbial genetics meeting, Copenhagen, March Linus
Pauling Information Office, California Institute of Technology Sir Lawrence Bragg
But this was not true when, in the fall of 1951, I came to the Cavendish Laboratory
of Cambridge University to join a small group of physicists and chemists working
on the threedimensional structures of proteins. At that time he was thirty-five, ...
This came partly from the volume of Crick's voice: he talked louder and faster
than anyone else and, when he laughed, his location within the Cavendish was
obvious. Almost everyone enjoyed these manic moments, especially when we
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pramodghuge - LibraryThing
A very personal account by the author James Watson on how he and his colleague Francis Crick with the help of others beat Linus Pauling to win the coveted Nobel prize for identifying the structure of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ajlewis2 - LibraryThing
I read about a third of it. I found the story wandered and wasn't clear. His treatment of Rosalind Franklin sounded like something written in the 1950s. It was at that point that I decided the book ... Read full review