Double Helix (Hardcover)

Double Helix By James D. Watson, Ph.D. Cover Image
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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.

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.

About the Author

James D. Watson, together with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is Chancellor Emeritus of the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Praise For…

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

"Perfectly fascinating and delightful...his engaging directness and awesome candor give an unusual insight into the creative processes of science."--Carl Kaysen

"Like nothing else in literature, it gives one the feel of how creative science really happens."--C. P. Snow
Product Details
ISBN: 9780684852799
ISBN-10: 0684852799
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: February 27th, 1998
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Scribner Classics