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The Double Helix - by James D Watson (Paperback)

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  • 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.
  • Author(s): James D Watson
  • 256 Pages
  • Science, Life Sciences

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About the Book



The personal account of one of the great scientific discoveries of the century. By identifying the structure of DNA, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won a Nobel Prize. His honest account of their sprint against other world-class researchers gives a dazzling picture of the world of a brilliant scientist.



Book Synopsis



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.



Review Quotes




Andre Lwoff Scientific American The history of a scientific endeavor, a true detective story that leaves the reader breathless from beginning to end.

Jacob Bronowski The Nation No one could miss the excitement in this story of a great and beautiful discovery....The book communicates the spirit of science as no formal account has ever done....the sense of the future, the high spirits, and the rivalry and the guesses right and wrong, the surge of imagination and the test of fact.

Peter B. Medewar The New York Review of Books An enormous success...a classic.

Philip Morrison Life Lively, wholly brash, full of sharp and sudden opinion, often at the edge of scandal.

Richard Feynman He has described admirably how it feels to have that frightening and beautiful experience of making a scientific discovery.

Robert K. Merton The New York Times Book Review A fascinating case history...Describes the events that led up to one of the great biological discoveries of our time.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.52 Inches (H) x 5.56 Inches (W) x .64 Inches (D)
Weight: .45 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: Life Sciences
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Theme: Genetics & Genomics
Format: Paperback
Author: James D Watson
Language: English
Street Date: June 12, 2001
TCIN: 11339928
UPC: 9780743216302
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-7622
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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