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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Then Luria's experiments largely dealt with the multiplication of bacterial viruses (
bacteriophages, or phages for short). For some years the suspicion had existed
among the more inspired geneticists that viruses were a form of naked genes.
The possibility existed that I might be misleading Francis by an order-of-
magnitude difference. The wrong person had been sent to hear Rosy. If Francis
had gone along, no such ambiguity would have existed. It was the penalty for
... not extend to thinking about it. At no time did he try to reinterest me in
myoglobin. Instead, I used the dark and chilly days to learn more theoretical
chemistry or to leaf through journals, hoping that possibly there existed a
forgotten clue to IOO.
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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