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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Though I knew nothing about the X-ray diffraction techniques that dominated
structural analysis, I was optimistic that the spoken arguments would be more
comprehensible than the journal articles, which passed over my head. I was
Particularly important were the exact arguments needed to understand how Linus
Pauling had discovered the a-helix. I soon was ... Equations occasionally crept
into his argument, but in most cases words would have sufficed. The key to ...
Nothing in Francis' argument justified all this fuss. She became positively
aggressive when we got on the topic of Mg” ions that held together the phosphate
groups of our three-chain model. This feature had no appeal at all to Rosy, who
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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