The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
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... show more
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.
Publish date: August 16th 2011
Publisher: Touchstone Books (NY)
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Popular Science
, History Of Science
James Watson and Francis Crick made arguably the greatest discovery of the 20th century: proving that DNA is the building block of life and providing a solid structure for it. This short autobiographical account written by Watson provides an in depth - and biased - look into the discovery and also r...
I only wish that Mr. Crick had written this. Mr. Watson comes across as a naive gossipy sidekick. Mr. Watson's comments later in life have indeed shown a certain amount of ignorance.
Science sometimes includes a surprising amount of personal drama and just playing around with models until they fit the facts. This account of the discovery of the structure of DNA, by one of the key participants Dr. James D. Watson, includes a lot of both. Written as though from his perspective at ...
A painful reminder of probably the ugliest episode in the history of modern science. I've read it more than once and I was always stunned at the way Watson describes his colleagues (or anybody else, for that matter). Not a polite person
He name dropped like crazy without characterizing anyone so it was hard to tell if anyone was going to show up again. I kept forgetting who people were. Not to mention he's a terrible writer. You can tell he was a scientist.