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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of sight of the hotel when we saw a party coming down upon us , and I quickly
recognized one of the climbers . He was Willy Seeds , a scientist who several
years before had worked at King's College , London , with Maurice Wilkins on the
he quickly lost heart when it became apparent that I was the only one joining the
conversation . Moreover , by this time neither of us really wanted to look at our
model . All its glamor had vanished , and the crudely improvised phosphorus ...
His quickly pushing the bases together in a number of different ways did not
reveal any other way to satisfy Chargaff's rules . A few minutes later he spotted
the fact that the two glycosidic bonds ( joining base and sugar ) of each base pair
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pramodghuge - LibraryThing
A very personal account by the author James Watson on how he and his colleague Francis Crick with the help of others beat Linus Pauling to win the coveted Nobel prize for identifying the structure of ... Read full review
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I read about a third of it. I found the story wandered and wasn't clear. His treatment of Rosalind Franklin sounded like something written in the 1950s. It was at that point that I decided the book ... Read full review