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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Even when he met those who thought his decision to go into biology made sense
, he couldn't trust their judgment. After all, they didn't know any biology, and so it
was best to take their remarks as politeness, even condescension, toward ...
ticipating in perhaps the most famous event in biology since Darwin's book.
Francis and I stood over her as she typed ... This structure has novel features
which are of considerable biological interest.” On Tuesday the manuscript was
sent up to ...
After a two-year period at CalTech, he joined the faculty at Harvard where he
remained as Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology until 1976. Since
1968, as director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, his research has
centered on ...
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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