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 politely thanked Sir Lawrence for accepting me and told Max I would be back in
three weeks for the start of the Michaelmas term. I then returned to Copenhagen
to collect my few clothes and to tell Herman about my good luck in being able to ...
The next morning he arrived in the lab and told Max and John about his success.
A few minutes later, Bill Cochran walked into his office, and Francis started to
repeat the story. But before he could let loose his argument, Bill told him that he ...
... since DNA molecules form crystals, the nucleotide order must not affect the
general structure. Rosy by then was hardly able to control her temper, and her
voice rose as she told me that the stupidity of my remarks would be obvious if I
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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