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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It happened less than a month after my arrival , on a Saturday morning . ... its con- tents Francis became furious , for he noticed that part of the argument depended upon a theoretical idea he had propounded some nine months earlier .
The second fellowship was not for the customary twelve - month period but explicitly termi- nated after eight months , in the middle of May . My real punishment in not following the Board's advice and going to Stockholm was a thousand ...
out the superficial resemblance between Pauling's three - chain helix and the model that Francis and I had shown her fifteen months earlier . The fact that Paul- ing's deductions about symmetry were no more in- spired than our awkward ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - atozgrl - LibraryThing
A surprisingly easy read. The chapters are short and the writing style is breezy. It's a very personal account of James Watson's experiences studying overseas and his efforts, along with others, to ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tgraettinger - LibraryThing
Wonderful account of the discovery of DNA. Had almost the feel of a detective novel. It's a very easy, quick read. If you can find it, there is a video, "The Race for the Double Helix" aka "Life Story ... Read full review