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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... Linus Pauling , Maurice Wilkens , and most of all , Rosalind Franklin , who took
the first x - ray photographs of DNA and tragically died of cancer at thirty - seven
in 1958 before reaping the rewards her critical experimental work deserved .
But now the race was over and , as one of the winners , I knew the tale was not
simple and certainly not as the newspapers reported . Chiefly it was a matter of
five people : Maurice Wilkins , Rosalind Franklin , Linus Pauling , Francis Crick ...
Moreover , it was increasingly difficult to take Maurice's mind off his assistant ,
Rosalind Franklin . Not that he was at all in love with Rosy , as we called her from
a distance . Just the opposite — almost from the moment she arrived in Maurice's
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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