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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Then DNA was still a mystery, up for grabs, and no one was sure who would get it
and whether he would deserve it if it proved as exciting as we semisecretly
believed. But now the race was over and, as one of the winners, I knew the tale
... his thesis was not to his liking. Instead, after a few days of relative silence, he
began to spout about superhelical arrangements of the a-helix itself. Only during
the lunch hour could I be sure that he would talk DNA. Fortunately, John Kendrew
In addition we could feel sure from both electron-microscope and X-ray evidence
that the helix diameter was about 20 A. Francis, however, drew the line against
accepting my assertion that the repeated finding of twoness in biological systems
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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