The Double Helix

A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

Watson, James D.

Book - 1998
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Double Helix
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, c1968
Edition: 1st Scribner ed
ISBN: 0684852799
Branch Call Number: 576.5 W339d
Characteristics: xvi, 226 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm


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Dec 08, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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!

Feb 08, 2012
  • nyplteacher rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 01, 2009
  • neko rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.


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