The Double Helix

The Double Helix

A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

Book - 2001
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One of the two discoverers of DNA recalls the lively scientific quest that led to this breakthrough, from the long hours in the lab, to the after-hours socializing, to the financial struggles that almost sank their project.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2001
Edition: First Touchstone edition
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780743216302
Branch Call Number: 572.86 W3343d 2001
572.86 W3343d 2001
Characteristics: xx, 226 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 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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