The Double Helix: Annotated and Illustrated by Alexander Gann and Jan Witkowski
Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, an annotated and illustrated edition of this classic book gives new insights into the personal relationships between James Watson, Frances Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind... show more
Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, an annotated and illustrated edition of this classic book gives new insights into the personal relationships between James Watson, Frances Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin, and the making of a scientific revolution. In his 1968 memoir, The Double Helix, the brash young scientist James Watson chronicled the drama of the race to identify the structure of DNA, a discovery that would usher in the era of modern molecular biology. Alexander Gann and Jan Witkowski have built upon this gripping narrative, juxtaposing Watson’s racy account with the observations of other protagonists and offering an enhanced perspective on the now legendary story of Watson and Crick’s discovery. Gann and Witkowski have mined many sources, including a trove of newly discovered correspondence belonging to Francis Crick (mislaid some fifty years ago) and the archives of Maurice Wilkins, Linus Pauling, Rosalind Franklin, and Watson and Crick themselves. Also in this edition are Watson’s own account of the Nobel Prize award and celebrations, appendixes that include an account of the book’s controversial first publication, and a chapter dropped from the original edition, as well as an extraordinary assortment of documents and photographs— many never before published. This wealth of material contributes depth and color to Watson’s novelistic text and places events in their contemporary scientific and social context. After half a century, the implications of the double helix keep rippling outward; the tools of molecular biology have forever transformed the life sciences and medicine. The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix adds new richness to the account of the momentous events that led the charge.
Publish date: November 6th 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 352
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.