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chemists encouraged me to learn organic chemistry , but after I used a bunsen
burner to warm up some benzene , I was relieved from further true chemistry . It
was safer to turn out an uneducated Ph . D . than to risk another explosion .
Thus , knowing he could never bring himself to learn chemistry , Luria felt the
wisest course was to send me , his first serious student , to a chemist . He had no
difficulty deciding between a protein chemist and a nucleic - acid chemist .
Yet somehow Linus , unquestionably the world ' s most astute chemist , had come
to the opposite conclusion . When Francis was amazed equally by Pauling ' s
unorthodox chemistry , I began to breathe slower . By then I knew we were still in
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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