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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Willy soon spotted me, slowed down, and momentarily gave the impression that
he might remove his rucksack and chat for a while. But all he said was, “How's
Honest Jim?” and quickly increasing his pace was soon below me on the path.
If this course of events went on, they would soon be rich and could own a car. At
no moment did Francis see any point in trying to simplify the matter for Odile's
benefit. Ever since she had told him that gravity went only three miles into the sky,
As soon as he had finished his unassuming report, however, everyone in the
audience knew that a bombshell had exploded in the world of Joshua Lederberg.
In 1946 Joshua, then only twenty, burst upon the biological world by announcing
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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