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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Conceivably this fact affected my casual pursuit of chemistry. For why should I get
excited learning boring chemical facts as long as the chemists never provided
anything incisive about the nucleic acids? The odds, however, were against any
Also Francis did not like the fact that the structure gave no explanation for the
Chargaff rules (adenine equals thymine, guanine equals cytosine). I, however,
maintained my lukewarm response to Chargaff's data. So I welcomed the arrival
Nonetheless, like almost everyone else, she saw the appeal of the base pairs
and accepted the fact that the structure was too pretty not to be true. Moreover,
even before she learned of our proposal, the X-ray evidence had been forcing
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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