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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Generally , it was late in the evening after I got back to my rooms that I tried to
puzzle out the mystery of the bases . Their formulas were written out in J. N.
Davidson's little book The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids , a copy of which I kept in
base arrangement would fall out . Fortunately , when we ... This was much too
long even for me to remain in limbo , so I spent the rest of the afternoon cutting
accurate representations of the bases out of stiff cardboard . But by the time they
Francis guessed that the more compact A form was achieved by tilting the base
pairs , thereby decreasing the translational distance of a base pair along the fiber
axis to about 2.6 Ċ . He thus set about building a model with tilted bases .
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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