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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is able to share so intimately in the researcher's struggles and doubts and final
triumph. Then again, the story is a poignant example of a dilemma which may
confront an investigator. He knows that a colleague has been working for years
on a ...
Since our machinist needed at least three days merely to turn out the more
simple phosphorus atoms, I went back to Clare after lunch to hammer out the final
draft of my genetics manuscript. Later, when I cycled over to Pop's for dinner, I75.
Sir Lawrence was shown the paper in its nearly final form. After suggesting a
minor stylistic alteration, he enthusiastically expressed his willingness to post it to
Nature with a strong covering letter. The solution to the structure was bringing ...
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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