The Double Helix

The Double Helix : A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

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'The greatest achievement of science in the twentieth century ...It will be an enormous success, and deserves to be so - a classic in the sense it will go on being read' - Sir Peter Medawar. Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry by elucidating the structure of DNA - and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time Watson was only 24, with more interest in girls than in chemistry. His uncompromisingly honest account of those heady days lifts the lid on the real world of greatscientists and the extraordinary excitement of their desperate attempts to beat Linus Pauling to the solution to one of the great enigmas of the life sciences.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • facsimiles
  • 0140268774
  • 9780140268775
  • 476,503

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Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA after World War II. Although revelationary when it first appeared in 1968, its modern readers may be less surprised to find that scientists are human, with an ungentle desire to be first with discoveries and thereby achieve fame and fortune. (Kirkus UK)show more

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James Watson was born in Chicago in 1928. He studied zoology at the University of Chicago, and was awarded his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1950. Between 1950 and 1953 he worked at Copenhagen and Cambridge, where together with Francis Crick he solved the structure of DNA, for which they received a share of the Nobel Prize in 1962. His other publications include THE MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE GENE and THE MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL. He lives in the USA.show more

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