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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This left Cambridge, England, where I knew that someone named Max Perutz
was interested in the structure of the large biological molecules, in particular, the
protein hemoglobin. I thus wrote to Luria about my newly found passion, asking ...
Learning that I would be in Cambridge next year, she talked about her son Peter.
Already I knew that Peter was accepted by Bragg to work toward a Ph.D. with
John Kendrew. This was despite the fact that his Cal Tech grades left much to be
Herman Kalckar has come to this country as professor of biochemistry at Harvard
Medical School, while John Kendrew and Max Perutz both have remained in
Cambridge, where they continue their X-ray work on proteins, for which they ...
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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