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The Double Helix - James D. Watson
The Double Helix
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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 brilliant young zoologist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady... 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 brilliant young zoologist 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 unsolved 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 the life sciences, the identification of the basic building block of life. He is impressed by the achievements of the young man he was, but clear-eyed about his limitations. Never has such a brilliant scientist also been so gifted, and so truthful, in capturing in words the flavor of his work. “He has described admirably how it feels to have that frightening and beautiful experience of making a great scientific discovery.” — Richard Feynman “Like nothing else in literature, it gives one the feel of how creative science really happens.” — C. P. Snow
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780451037701 (0451037707)
Publisher: Signet Books
Pages no: 143
Edition language: English
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BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
1.0 The Double Helix
Gossip, backstabbing, petty squabbles, arrogance, snobbishness, and misogyny take a front row seat in this personal account of how the double helix structure of DNA was discovered. I expected more from Watson's book. And then there is the question about Rosalind Franklin's contribution to the ...
TheBookofJules
TheBookofJules rated it
3.5 Review: The Double Helix by James Watson
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...
travelin
travelin rated it
3.0 The Double Helix
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.
LeahSL
LeahSL rated it
4.0 The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix
James D. Watson is like that bad boy crush you have, where he kinda treats you like dirt but he is soooooo coooool. Having read some of his more recent work, I am pleased to say that he is a product of his time, and as such proves that change, and reevaluating opinions and judgements, conscious or ...
katiewilkins186
katiewilkins186 rated it
4.0 The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
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 ...
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