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The Double Helix Free read ï 5 ò By identifying the structure of DNA the molecule of life Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry won themselves a Nobel Prize At the time Watson was only 24 a young scientist hungry to make his mark His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world cHeady 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 bitter rivalries With humility unsp. I made the mistake of reading this over a long period of time I see now that it really needs to be read in just a few sittings Also a basic background in chemistry and physics none of which I have would be beneficial Thank goodness for Wikipedia This is the riveting story of the discovery of the secret of life the helical structure of DNA Even though the Nobel award was given to both James D Watson and Francis Crick the pendulum of recognition swings to Watson for this well known account of how it all came to be The path to discovering the structure of DNA is of course fascinating but Watson’s charming prose and thrilling narrative adds drama to the history Watson’s writing style has that English charm which is uniue for an American I did however sense a bit of false humility in his account He often refers to his ignorance on certain scientific principles and his physical unattractiveness to perhaps gain sympathy for appropriating other’s work “Sometimes I daydreamed about discovering the secret of the gene but not once did I have the faintest trace of a respectable idea”I find that hard to believe Now I Douglas Feil could honestly say “not once did I have the faintest trace of a respectable idea” but not Watson After all he had several traces of ideas and he strategically and sometimes underhandedly put himself in the middle of those on the verge of scientific discovery His theories were just wrong at first Thanks to the work of Rosalind Franklin Linus Pauling Maurice Wilkins and a host of others he used their “faintest traces” to build upon his own theory Discovering the structure of DNA was hard work but much of it was timing Kudos to Watson and Crick for that and I do believe they deserved the Nobel for their work I was disappointed in his treatment of Rosalind Franklin He almost unapologetically skewers Rosalind Franklin and her contributions to the discovery of DNA I say almost because he reserves the ending epilogue for a sort of apology “Since my initial impressions of her both scientific and personal were often wrong I want to say something about her achievements” He apologizes after her death and the apology was after the prior vilification If Watson really respected Franklin and appreciated her contributions why not leave out the dirt Here’s a book that properly defends Franklin Rosalind Franklin The Dark Lady of DNAOverall I found this account thrilling and vital Few scientific discoveries get a story like this Watson's writing is sure footed and perfect for describing his accomplishments

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By identifying the structure of DNA the molecule of life Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry won themselves a Nobel Prize At the time Watson was only 24 a young scientist hungry to make his mark His uncompromisingly honest account of the. I ended up skimming this I really hope his recent book DNA The Secret of Life is considerably interesting and considerably less sexist It should be a fascinating story but really it's mostly about James D Watson bouncing around between different supervisors and making sexist comments about Rosalind Franklin sorry Rosy who would've been much better in his eyes if she'd done something with her hair ETA in total fairness to those who have difficulty recognising hyperbole it's worth noting that it probably isn't mostly about these things but it sure felt like it to me His later book is much much better and to the pointI can understand his fascination with DNA but that's just about all I could get on board with And his writing style was just completely flat I do not honestly think all the details like how cold he was in Italy are at all relevant to the history of the discovery of the double helix

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The Double HelixOiled by false modesty Watson relates his 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 wo. The Double Helix is a wonderfully candid recounting of the scientific process revealing the interplay of conditions precedent—especially technology observation and theory—and the human condition—especially ego competition and teamwork I can’t help wondering that many if not all of the scientists revered through history are really the beneficiaries of much good fortune and coincidence Of course they were accomplished and driven necessary prereuisites to greatness yet those factors are not enough for a large amount of their success seems due to pure serendipity