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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since the purines (adenine and guanine) and the pyrimidines (thymine and
cytosine) have different shapes. The resulting backbone would have to show
minor inand-out buckles depending upon whether pairs of purines or pyrimidines
were in ...
The tautomeric forms I had copied out of Davidson's book were, in Jerry's opinion
, incorrectly assigned. My immediate retort that several other texts also pictured
guanine and thymine in the enol form cut no ice with Jerry. Happily he let out that
... to a guanine-cytosine pair held together by at least two hydrogen bonds. All the
hydrogen bonds seemed to form naturally; no fudging was required to I94
adenine guanine cytosine The adenine-thymine and guanine-cytosine base
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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