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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He had been collecting X-ray diffraction data from hemoglobin crystals for over
ten years and was just beginning to get somewhere. Helping him was Sir
Lawrence Bragg, the director of the Cavendish. For almost forty years Bragg, a
Though Pauling had got the a-helix almost without the X-ray evidence, he knew
of its existence and to a certain extent had taken it into account. Given the X-ray
data, a large variety of possible threedimensional configurations for the ...
When I brought up the X-ray pictures at King's, Linus gave the opinion that very
accurate X-ray work of the type done by his associates on amino acids was vital
to our eventual understanding of the nucleic acids. I got much further with Ava ...
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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