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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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-increasing difficulty." The more complex the molecule, the happier Bragg ...
On the other hand, Francis found it impossible to believe that Bragg could have
been so dense as to have missed his oft-repeated idea, and he as much as told
Bragg this. Further conversation became impossible, and in less than ten minutes
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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THE DOUBLE HELIX: A Personal Account Of The Discovery Of The Structure Of DnaUser Review - Kirkus
Even without understanding any of the scientific data processed here, the general reader will find it hard to remain immune to this account of how J.D. Watson, along with another bright, volatile ... Read full review
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James Watson's love letter to himself, as he explains to us exactly how he single-handedly solved the structure of DNA, with the insignificant help of a cast of baboons, clowns, and women. Watson's ... Read full review