The Double Helix A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA (Hardcover)
|Author: James D./ Stent Watson|
|"The classic personal account of one of the great scientific discoveries of the century."|
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.
From the Publisher:
The Double Helix is James Watson's engaging exploration into the world of DNA. Though the presence and structure of DNA is now considered common knowledge to both scientist and layperson alike, this fascinating book traces its discovery in thrilling terms. Through Watson's use of masterful storytelling, he has given a fresh, new approach -- and, ultimately, life -- to the study of genetics.
Watson provides an inside-the-laboratory account of his groundbreaking work with Francis Crick, with whom he shared the Nobel Prize for discovering the molecular structure of DNA.