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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I then returned to Copenhagen to collect my few clothes and to tell Herman about
my good luck in being able to become a crystallographer. Herman was
splendidly cooperative. A letter was dispatched telling the Fellowship Office in ...
Since the main part of our work seemed finished, I saw no reason to postpone a
visit which now had the bonus of letting me be the first to tell Ephrussi's and
Lwoff's labs about the double helix. Francis, however, was not happy, telling me
that a ...
At the bottom of the letter that broke the news of the complementary chains, I had
asked that he not tell Linus. I was still slightly afraid something would go wrong
and did not want Pauling to think about hydrogen-bonded base pairs until we
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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