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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Illustrations PHOTOGRAPHS PAGE 5 Crick and Watson , along the backs
Francis in the Cavendish II 19 Maurice Wilkins World Wide Photos The microbial
genetics meeting , Copenhagen , March 27 37 1951 Linus Pauling Information
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 ...
That the result came out of the Cavendish and not Pasadena was obviously a
factor . More important was the unexpectedly marvelous nature of the answer ,
and the fact that the X - ray method he had developed forty years before was at
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tgraettinger - LibraryThing
Wonderful account of the discovery of DNA. Had almost the feel of a detective novel. It's a very easy, quick read. If you can find it, there is a video, "The Race for the Double Helix" aka "Life Story ... Read full review
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