Francis Crick and James Watson

Francis Crick and James Watson

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The names of James Watson and Francis Crick are bound together forever because the scientific discovery they made was truly a joint enterprise. As Edward Edelson reveals in this intriguing biography, Watson and Crick were the first to describe the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, the molecule that carries our genes and determines everything from the color of our eyes to the shape of our fingernails. Even though Watson and Crick's collaboration lasted only a few years, their achievement was enough to tie their names together forever in the history of science and to establish a firm footing for what was then a radical new branch of science: molecular biology. In doing so, they paved the way for the early detection of genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anemia, and for new scientific leaps such as animal cloning.show more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 110 pages
  • 170.18 x 236.22 x 12.7mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0195114515
  • 9780195114515

About Edelson

Edward Edelson is a freelance science writer based in New York City. The author of 19 books on science, including two college chemistry textbooks and several young-adult books, he was the science editor for the New York Daily News from 1971 to 1991 and an editor for Family Health magazine from 1969 to 1971.show more

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"Given the prominence of genetics in late-twentieth-century science and the dearth of books available for young people, libraries may find this a useful addition to their collections."--Booklist"While the men's genius is revealed, Edelson is also careful to present their human faults and flaws... Balanced presentation...a realistic picture of modern research."--School Library Journal"Intriguing... This biography examines the personalities of its subjects as well as the thought process leading to their discovery... Libraries will find this a useful addition to their collections. Recommended."--Book Report"More than a simple biography of the two best known modern biologists; it is also a history of the development of modern molecular biology... Edelson's book will be extremely valuable as companion reading material to [Watson's] The Double Helix for high school students, providing some needed perspective to a highly personalized account of how science is done... The science is well presented and quite current."--Science Books & Films "Given the prominence of genetics in late-twentieth-century science and the dearth of books available for young people, libraries may find this a useful addition to their collections."--Booklist "While the men's genius is revealed, Edelson is also careful to present their human faults and flaws... Balanced presentation...a realistic picture of modern research."--School Library Journal "Intriguing... This biography examines the personalities of its subjects as well as the thought process leading to their discovery... Libraries will find this a useful addition to their collections. Recommended."--Book Report "More than a simple biography of the two best known modern biologists; it is also a history of the development of modern molecular biology... Edelson's book will be extremely valuable as companion reading material to [Watson's] The Double Helix for high school students, providing some needed perspective to a highly personalized account of how science is done... The science is well presented and quite current."--Science Books & Films "Given the prominence of genetics in late-twentieth-century science and the dearth of books available for young people, libraries may find this a useful addition to their collections."--Booklist "While the men's genius is revealed, Edelson is also careful to present their human faults and flaws... Balanced presentation...a realistic picture of modern research."--School Library Journal "Intriguing... This biography examines the personalities of its subjects as well as the thought process leading to their discovery... Libraries will find this a useful addition to their collections. Recommended."--Book Report "More than a simple biography of the two best known modern biologists; it is also a history of the development of modern molecular biology... Edelson's book will be extremely valuable as companion reading material to [Watson's] The Double Helix for high school students, providing some needed perspective to a highly personalized account of how science is done... The science is well presented and quite current."--Science Books & Films "Given the prominence of genetics in late-twentieth-century science and the dearth of books available for young people, libraries may find this a useful addition to their collections."--Booklist"While the men's genius is revealed, Edelson is also careful to present their human faults and flaws... Balanced presentation...a realistic picture of modern research."--School Library Journal"Intriguing... This biography examines the personalities of its subjects as well as the thought process leading to their discovery... Libraries will find this a useful addition to their collections. Recommended."--Book Report"More than a simple biography of the two best known modern biologists; it is also a history of the development of modern molecular biology... Edelson's book will be extremely valuable as companion reading material to [Watson's] The Double Helix for high school students, providing some neededperspective to a highly personalized account of how science is done... The science is well presented and quite current."--Science Books & Filmsshow more

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