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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Helping him was Sir Lawrence Bragg , the director of the Cavendish . For almost
forty years Bragg , a Nobel Prize winner and one of the founders of
crystallography , had been watching X - ray diffraction methods solve structures
of ever ...
Sir Lawrence flatly denied prior knowledge of Francis ' efforts and was thoroughly
insulted by the implication that he had underhandedly used another scientist's
ideas . On the other hand , Francis found it impossible to believe that Bragg could
Cavendish Professor was too much to ask of Bragg or anyone with a normal set
of nerves . ... the shadow of his famous father , with most people falsely thinking
that his father , not he , was responsible for the sharp insight behind Bragg's Law
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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
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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