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(PUBScribners)That science moves forward by simple induction and step-by-step experimentation is demolished in this classic account of the race to discover the molecular structure of DNA, by one who shared in the Nobel Prize. Overbearing egos, professional rivalry, and near theft of each other's ideas are rife. 256 pages, hardcover.
The classic personal account of Watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA, now with an introduction by Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind.
By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only twenty-four, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science’s greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.
With humility unspoiled by false modesty, Watson relates his and Crick’s desperate efforts to beat Linus Pauling to the Holy Grail of life sciences, the identification of the basic building block of life. Never has a scientist been so truthful in capturing in words the flavor of his work.
James D. Watson, together with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is Chancellor Emeritus of the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
"He has described admirably how it feels to have that frightening and beautiful experience of making a great scientific discovery."--Richard Feynman
"Perfectly fascinating and delightful...his engaging directness and awesome candor give an unusual insight into the creative processes of science."--Carl Kaysen
"Like nothing else in literature, it gives one the feel of how creative science really happens."--C. P. Snow
Andre Lwoff Scientific American The history of a scientific endeavor, a true detective story that leaves the reader breathless from beginning to end.
Philip Morrison Life Lively, wholly brash, full of sharp and sudden opinion, often at the edge of scandal.