"Science seldom proceeds in the straightforward logical manner imagined by outsiders," writes James Watson in The Double Helix
, his account of his codiscovery (along with Francis Crick) of the structure of DNA. Watson and Crick won Nobel Prizes for their work, and their names are memorized by biology students around the world. But as in all of history, the real story behind the deceptively simple outcome was messy, intense, and sometimes truly hilarious. To preserve the "real" story for the world, James Watson attempted to record his first impressions as soon after the events of 1951-1953 as possible, with all their unpleasant realities and "spirit of adventure" intact.
Watson holds nothing back when revealing the petty sniping and backbiting among his colleagues, while acknowledging that he himself was a willing participant in the melodrama. In particular, Watson reveals his mixed feelings about his famous colleague in discovery, Francis Crick, who many thought of as an arrogant man who talked too much, and whose brilliance was appreciated by few. This is the joy of The Double Helix--instead of a chronicle of stainless-steel heroes toiling away in their sparkling labs, Watson's chronicle gives readers an idea of what living science is like, warts and all. The Double Helix is a startling window into the scientific method, full of insight and wit, and packed with the kind of science anecdotes that are told and retold in the halls of universities and laboratories everywhere. It's the stuff of legends. --Therese Littleton
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Robert K. Merton The New York Times Book Review
A fascinating case history...Describes the events that led up to one of the great biological discoveries of our time.
Jacob Bronowski The Nation
No one could miss the excitement in this story of a great and beautiful discovery....The book communicates the spirit of science as no formal account has ever done....the sense of the future, the high spirits, and the rivalry and the guesses right and wrong, the surge of imagination and the test of fact.
Peter B. Medewar The New York Review of Books
An enormous success...a classic.
Andre Lwoff Scientific American
The history of a scientific endeavor, a true detective story that leaves the reader breathless from beginning to end.
Richard Feynman He has described admirably how it feels to have that frightening and beautiful experience of making a scientific discovery.
Philip Morrison Life
Lively, wholly brash, full of sharp and sudden opinion, often at the edge of scandal.
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