A Nobel Prize winning biochemist relates his monumental discovery of the structure of the hereditary molecule DNA...
|Title||:||Double Helix (Mentor)|
|Publisher||:||Signet First Mass Market edition February 1, 1969|
|Number of Pages||:||144 pages|
|File Size||:||777 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Double Helix (Mentor) Reviews
Recently I was asked to do a short paper on military innovation for a conference to be held in South Korea. Having read somewhere that this is the best book on how scientific discoveries are made, I bought it and read it from cover to cover. Even though much of the science is above my head. Much of the book is devoted to backbiting aimed at Prof. Watson's associates. Including the most important one among them, Francis Crick. In other ways, though, it provides a vivid picture of the politics, intrigues, frustrations, and joys of doing research. I also found the descriptions of grantmanship and life at Cambridge, England, during the early 1950s interesting.
"The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of The Structure of DNA", James D. Watson, Simon & Shuster, NY 1968/2001. ISBN-13: 978-0-7432-1630-2, PB 226 pages, 20 B/W Photos & 11 Diagrams, plus 3 pg. Foreword by Sir L. Bragg & 4 pg. Intro. by S. Nasar. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".
This firsthand account of the discovery of DNA dispels a lot of the notions that ousiders have about how science really works. Watson's descriptions of the competition, politics, dead ends, personality clashes, mistakes, and eventually inspiration reveal that discovery is not as clear-cut a process as it sometimes might seem.
Wonderful book if you're interested in how the mind of a scientist works. Considering the immense importance of discovery of the double helix, it should be required reading for anyone interested in evolution. A bit heavy on the chemistry side but just pass over it as you read. It's the personality revelations that are truly enlightening.