The Double Helix

The Double Helix

A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the creative scientific exploration involved in the discovery of the DNA structure and the important implications of this knowledge.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 1998
Edition: 1st Scribner ed
ISBN: 9780684852799
Characteristics: xvi, 226 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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May 03, 2017

We all know whom the real first scientist discovered the double helix=ROSALIND FLANKLIN

Dec 08, 2014

Fun to read, but Watson sounds like a total ass. The way he treats Rosalind Franklin is unacceptable; sounds like she did most of the work, but him and Crick got all the credit!

nyplteacher Feb 08, 2012

A very readable book! And, it's not just for adult readers - the book is a good enhancement for DNA studies for middle-schooler or high-schoolers. A book about DNA might seem intimidating, but this book is quite approachable.

neko Sep 01, 2009

In 1950 the prize was DNA. This account of that pursuit shows how the scientific teams of the day on both sides of the atlantic competed to win, and how close each isolated team came to the prize.

Aug 24, 2007

Portions of this book are interesting, but it is disappointing that Watson treated Dr. Rosalind Franklin as an incompetent. Without her x-ray diffraction data, Watson and Crick would not have been able to determine the DNA structure. The scientific community has taken a very dim view of the distorted accounts presented by Watson in his book. Through his own words, he has degraded his reputation. It is interesting to note, that this manuscript was initially submitted to a different publishing company, and it was rejected, due to the distorted and self-serving accounts, without giving proper credit to Dr. Franklin.

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