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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At first I occasionally felt ill at ease doing conventional phage work with Ole ,
since my fellowship was explicitly awarded to enable me to learn biochemistry
with Herman ; in a strictly literal sense I was violating its terms . Moreover , less
At the same time I wrote a letter to Washington , breaking the news that my
current experiments on the biochemistry of virus reproduction were at best
interesting in a nonprofound way . I wanted to give up conventional biochemistry ,
which I ...
Herman's type of biochemistry remained zero . Leaving Copenhagen was of
course illegal in the formal sense . On the other hand , my request could not be
refused . Everyone knew of Herman's unsettled state , and the Washington office
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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