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The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA (Norton Critical Editions) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Gunther S. Stent , James D. Watson
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Februar 1981 Norton Critical Editions
Since its publication in 1968, The Double Helix has given countless readers a rare and exciting look at one highly significant piece of scientific research Watson and Crick's race to discover the molecular structure of DNA. In this Norton Critical Edition, Watson's lively and irreverent account is placed in historical perspective by Gunther Stent's introduction and by retrospective views from two major figures in the adventure, Francis Crick and Linus Pauling, and by Rosalind Franklin's last student, Aaron Klug."

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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: W W Norton & Co; Auflage: 8th Printing/hardcover (Februar 1981)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0393950751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393950755
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,9 x 13 x 1,8 cm
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"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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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1.0 von 5 Sternen The Double Helix: A NOVEL 29. März 2000
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James Watson and Francis Crick were both brillian scientists, there is no doubt about that. Although they are given more credit than they are due, they did make a monumental discovery. Rosalind Franklin first interprete the B form of DNA as having a helical structure, and later, in a private, unpublished notebook, as having "interchangability." Although Rosalind Franklin contributed equally to the discovery of DNA, Watson and Crick made the final, crucial step. However, Watson's portrayal of Rosalind Franklin as "Rosy" is inaccurate an inexcusable. Even Maurice Wilkins, another scientist involved with the discovery of DNA and was honored with the Nobel Prize, states this clearly. Although the personality clashes between Wilkins and Franklin caused a lack of communication which may have ultimately impeded the discovery, he says, referring to a ridulous Double Helix passage in which "Rosy" nearly physically attacks Watson, "Jim wrote a novel." I advise any readers of this book to be wary of such departures from the truth, and to read Rosalind Franklin and DNA (widely recognized among educated readers as the clear and balanced account of the discovery of the structure of DNA.)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Double Helix 21. Juli 2000
Von W.Khan
This is a racy & insouciant account of the months leading up to the deciphering of the structure of DNA ____an intellectual achievement on par with Relativity ,Quantum mechanics ,the theory of evolution and psychoanalysis .Watson is as incapable of being pedantic as he is of being dull .
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Von F. Sweet
Years ago when I first read James Watson's folksy book on his co-discovery I thought, "my how far an ambitious ornithologist can fly." But I saluted Watson's seemingly unvarnished candor then, and years later I can still manage a sloppy salute.
Watson's account discusses the various intrigues such as with Peter, Linus Pauling's son; and some downright espionage leading to the important discovery with Crick [and a phantom Rosalind Franklin] that a double helix is naturally assumed by pairs of DNA. Misogyny seems to lurk behind every condescension towards women and womanhood liberally expressed by Watson. One wonders whether absent his shared Nobel Prize, Watson would get away with it.
In all probability, had Pauling reported the double helix first thus collecting his third Nobel Prize (!) and Watson was just another chronicler of DNA's lab history the scientific community would not be so tolerant towards a man who remains nearly pathologically dismissive of women in science. Alas, Alfred Nobel didn't stipulate good manners as a condition for awarding the prize bearing his name. Be that as it may, the now classical memoir by a co-discoverer of the double helix has merit for its place in time and should be read by students and other citizens. What it lacks as a primer of ethics it makes up for in its quasi-truthfulness.
The Double Helix contains pedestrian writing that describes a great event. DNA is spectacular. The book about its discovery is merely fair.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Watson's The Double Helix 1. April 2000
While I am glad to see the current rush to purchase M. Greene's best seller (which I reviewed), there are good arguments for putting first priority on Watson's The Double Helix. Not only did Watson and Crick win the Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, but Watson reveals much about what makes a Creative Genius tick (which Greene's book does not). One of these ingredients is non-conformity, even non-conformity with the mainstream of one's own field of research. Watson is non-conformist to the point of embarrassment, revealing his arguments with colleagues whom I would describe as Ingenious Followers in part at least (as well as those colleagues' own weaknesses). Secondly, Creative Geniuses have an unusually strong motivation typically. In the case of Watson and Crick, they had a competitive spirit to win against their colleagues (who were also trying to unravel DNA) in the race for the discovery, and their competitive spirit was an absolute obsession "day and night". Thirdly, they built ingenious toy models of DNA with movable parts which enabled them to use more sensory modalities to help them think. Fourthly, they kept up completely with what their rivals were doing, which is to say that they sought and used information wisely and in a timely manner. Fifth, they used the computer technology of their era to the fullest (which Creative Geniuses sometimes do not do - compare Roger Penrose, whose books I have reviewed). Sixth, they were incredibly mobile - they went to different countries frequently to learn, to attend seminars, to talk with experts in particular areas, especially countries in Europe (where Creative Geniuses are more common, in my opinion, than in most parts of the world). You will find many other characteristics of Creative Geniuses by reading the Watson-Crick story yourself.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A peek inside an ivory tower 25. Februar 2000
Double Helix is a worthy read. In a few hours of reading, one catches a fairly representative look into the scientific commmunity, though the eyes of one man. Some people critique this book as being one-sided. Of course it is! Watson admitted that up front. The book was written as an account his perceptions of the events and people involved with the discovery of the structure of DNA, not as a documentary. Like any human, Watson's perceptions of the events were scewed in his own favor. This, however, adds to the value of the book, rather than detracts. From my experience in the scientific community, the issues of ownership of ideas and work, plagarism, and politics are both real and complex. Double Helix does a good job of exemplifying these difficult issues.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It does not distort the facts; pay attention when you read!
I read this book for the first time when i took undergraduate biochemistry in college. I could not put it down. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Mai 2000 von Manola Sommerfeld
3.0 von 5 Sternen A quick read. Goes well with beer and peanuts.
Watson was brilliant in bringing pieces of his vague memory and prejudices. What we have here is in part the fact of history and in part a very enjoyable work of fiction. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Februar 2000 von Jihwan Myung
1.0 von 5 Sternen Yes indeedy, this is a quick piece of fiction.
As a science teacher it is horrifying to me that anyone is being required to read this self-serving piece of fiction for a science class. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 9. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Most Important Biological Discovery Since Darwin
Even though I read this book for my college Biology class, I wanted to tell readers that there isn't a need to have a strong biology background to enjoy this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Dezember 1999 von Brendan Frey
4.0 von 5 Sternen How to Become Better Informed about Rosalind Franklin:
Several previous reviewers of "The Double Helix" have, rightly it seems, upbraided Watson for his negative portrait of Rosalind Franklin and his downplaying of her... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 1999 von Elizabeth R. Hatcher
4.0 von 5 Sternen The totally organic experience
I found this book to read much more like a soap opera than a true scientific account. I think that it was this tendency that kept the pages turning. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. September 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Insight
James Watson's book, The Double Helix, gives the not-so-scientific public excellent insight into how the scientific process was put to work less than fifty years ago to make a... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 10. September 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting, honest account of a historic discovery
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It worked for me on three levels - (1) as an account of the discovery of the structure of DNA, (2) as a brutally honest description of his moods,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 2. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
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