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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Then , with his eyes twinkling , Linus explained the specific characteristics that
made his model — the a - helix - uniquely beautiful . This show , like all of his
dazzling performances , delighted the younger students in attendance . There
was no ...
Yet somehow Linus , unquestionably the world's most astute chemist , had come
to the opposite conclusion . When Francis was amazed equally by Pauling's
unorthodox chemistry , I began to breathe slower . By then I knew we were still in
Linus arrived in Cambridge on Friday night . On his way to Brussels for the
Solvay meeting , he stopped off both to see Peter and to look at the model .
Unthinkingly Peter arranged for him to stay at Pop's . Soon we found that he
would have ...
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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