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The Double HelixJames D Watson became a controversial figure later in life but this story recounts the seminal event in his life the 1953 discovery of the structure of DNA for which he received the 1962 Nobel Prize In Physiology With His Collaborator Francis in Physiology with his collaborator Francis and another Maurice Wilkins Watson is an excellent storyteller something which cannot be an excellent storyteller something which cannot be of most scientists He successfully ensnares the reader into the drama of the moment describing the ersonalities involved and making the science attainable to any reader The discovery of the double helix as the structure of DNA is erhaps the most remarkable event in biology after Darwin s grand theory of Evolution Watson and Crick devised the structure using tinker toy like models and corroborating their findings with x ray crystallographs which were surreptitiously taken from the laboratory of Rosalind Franklin Watson was a wunderkind American who acuired his PhD in zoology at the age of 23 Crick was a 35 year old boisterous gad about who was struggling for direction having earned his BS in hysics and unable to get the roper motivation for a PhD The unlikely duo hit it off and agreed that DNA biochemistry was the ticket to recognition At this time Linus Pauling at CalTech was transitioning his emphasis from roteins to DNA setting the stage for a race to find the secret of the genetic codeWatson spins the yarn in dramatic fashion writing in 1968 fifteen years after the discovery and 6 years after the Nobel He offers an apologia of sorts to Dr Franklin who years after the discovery and 6 years after the Nobel He offers an apologia of sorts to Dr Franklin who taken aback by the use of her xrays without Forbidden Knowledge permission Watson admits that her gender had much to do with the raw treatment she received in the male dominated world of science Franklin did not receive a Nobel because she tragically died in 1958 from ovarian cancer at the age of 37 and the Prize is only awarded to living scientistsI cannot believe that I ve never read this book before It s relatively short and remarkably easy to read I highly recommend this to anyone who has any interest in science medicine or the history of the 20th century Shows how arrogant misogynistic andlain stupid the discoverers of DNA s double helix were Pros Emphasizes the importance of being able to access a free open creative in some ways childish state of mind in order to allow for truly creative and defocalized states of mind that allow for scientific discovery Tunnel vision can be a scientist s worst nightmareCons Shows how childish Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms pretentious and socially inept the scientific establishment can be Also shows how a great scientist who suffered in silence due to being surrounded by sexist men inositions of authority was robbed of credit for The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick providing the critical evidence necessary for finding and verifying the structure of DNA Rosalind Franklin you will not be forgotten In the end though science is what matters scientists not a bit Steve Jones in James D Watson s The Double HelixI gave it three stars last night DNA night thanks Riku but that just didn t seem right The structure wasn t stable and I felt itrobably deserved four stars one for A one for T one for G one for C also one for Watson one for Crick one for Wilkins and yes one for FranklinShort interesting ersonal and important but also sexist biased according to Crick a violation of friendship Watson s attitudes towards Rosalind Franklin today seem so maligned that Watson eventually had to clarify that these were attitudes and view at the time of the discovery and not when he wrote the book Still despite this major. By identifying the structure of DNA the molecule of life Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry won themselves a Nobel Prize At the time Watson was only 24 a young scientist hungry to make his mark His uncompromisingly honest account of the. .
And very real issue the book along with Watson Crick Wilkins contributions cannot be undersold The discovery of DNA s structure changed biology and the book catapulted Watson Crick into that 29 and Counting: A Chick's Guide to Turning 30 a Chick's Guide to Turning 30 pantheon of fame that is seldom reached by even Nobel level scientists I have no doubt that James Watson was aretty competent scientist although the way he writes it every thing seemed to favor him up to the discovery of the double helix structure He chose the field by a mix of chance and cunning having eliminated other fields which would reuire effort by his own words I suppose some The Little Book of Breakthrough: Breakthrough Thoughts for Manifesting Your Heaven on Earth people call it self disparaging but somehow to me it reads like a humble brag and less likely to yield the chance to make a huge discovery If that s not cheating science I don t know what is I have respect to great men and women who did science because they really loved digging up and facts about something they truly love something that they can t stop thinking about Such as Feynmann and Einstein and Curie and yes Rosalind Franklin the brilliant and dedicated molecular biologist upon whose work Watson and Crick built theirsI hate the way Watsonortrays Franklin the way he demonizes her into someone difficult to work with when in fact he and Crick did not really respect her as an eual In some scenes that he recollects in the book it seems as if they resented her for getting the double helix images before them because it means they needed the results of her researchWatson s writing is friendly and easy enough to read But the vibe of the whole book seems to be Oh the Nobel Genocide of One prize thing I didn t reallyut that much effort into it I just happen to be a scientific genius and a visionary I had to read this book for a science class in college I ve never forgiven that teacher Gossip backstabbing etty suabbles arrogance snobbishness and *MISOGYNY TAKE A FRONT ROW SEAT IN THIS PERSONAL * take a front row seat in this ersonal of how the double helix structure of DNA was discovered I expected from Watson s book And then there is the uestion about Rosalind Franklin s contribution to the discoveryWhile Watson does spend some time in the epilogue to credit Franklin for her work on the subject it seems too little too late He spends the entire book Star Wars - Jabba the Hutt - The Art of the Deal painting her as an uncooperative dour argumentative bossy frump with an acid smile in a career mostly reserved for unattractive women who have little chance of catching a husband He actually introduces her in the book in almost exactly those termsOh and there is little explanation of the structure of DNA itself It really is of an account of his thoughts on girls stomachains and on the The Real Estate Entrepreneur: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Brokerage personal lives ofeople Watson encountered when working on the roject Do not view my rating on this book as an indictment of the science The story of the discovery of the structure of DNA is a fascinating one and makes for a compelling must read book The research behind it merited a Nobel Award But as any first year science student worth their salt can tell you it is a story mired in controversy I was enthralled by the The Double Helix is a wonderfully tell you it is a story mired in controversy I was enthralled by the The Double Helix is a wonderfully recounting of the scientific rocess revealing the interplay of conditions New Cutting Edge Elementary Students' Book precedent especially technology observation and theory and the human condition especially ego competition and teamwork I can t help wondering that many if not all of the scientists revered through history are really the beneficiaries of much good fortune and coincidence Of course they were accomplished and driven necessaryrereuisites to greatness yet those factors are not. Heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear icture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts very human ambitions bitter rivalries With humility unsp. Enough for a large amount of their success seems due to Challenged by Love E-Boxed Set pure serendipity I made the mistake of reading this over a longeriod of time I see now that it really needs to be read in just a few sittings Also a basic background in chemistry and Communicating With Animals : The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals physics none of which I have would be beneficial Thank goodness for Wikipedia This is the riveting story of the discovery of the secret of life the helical structure of DNA Even though the Nobel award was given to both James D Watson and Francis Crick theendulum of recognition swings to Watson for this well known account of how it all came to be The Robot Programming path to discovering the structure of DNA is of course fascinating but Watson s charmingrose and thrilling narrative adds drama to the history Watson s writing style has that English charm which is uniue for an American I did however sense a bit of false humility in his account He often refers to his ignorance on certain scientific rinciples and his hysical unattractiveness to erhaps gain sympathy for appropriating other s work Sometimes I daydreamed about discovering the secret of the gene but not once did I have the faintest trace of a respectable idea I find that hard to believe Now I Douglas Feil could honestly say not once did I have the faintest trace of a respectable idea but not Watson After all not once did I have the faintest trace of a respectable idea but not Watson After all had several traces of ideas and he strategically and sometimes underhandedly ut himself in the middle of those on the verge ideas and he strategically and sometimes underhandedly The Blitzkrieg Legend put himself in the middle of those on the verge scientific discovery His theories were just wrong at first Thanks to the work of Rosalind Franklin Linus Pauling Maurice Wilkins and a host of others he used their faintest traces to build upon his own theory Discovering the structure of DNA was hard work but much of it was timing Kudos to Watson and Crick for that and I do believe they deserved the Nobel for their work I was disappointed in his treatment of Rosalind Franklin He almost unapologetically skewers Rosalind Franklin and her contributions to the discovery of DNA I say almost because he reserves the ending epilogue for a sort of apology Since my initial impressions of her both scientific andersonal were often wrong I want to say something about her achievements He apologizes after her death and the apology was after the The Crown prior vilification If Watson really respected Franklin and appreciated her contributions why not leave out the dirt Here s a book thatroperly defends Franklin Rosalind Franklin The Dark Lady of DNAOverall I found this account thrilling and vital Few scientific discoveries get a story like this Watson s writing is sure footed and Über Nacht perfect for describing his accomplishments I ended up skimming this I really hope his recent book DNA The Secret of Life is considerably interesting and considerably less sexist It should be a fascinating story but really it s mostly about James D Watson bouncing around between different supervisors and making sexist comments about Rosalind Franklin sorry Rosy who would ve been much better in his eyes if she d done something with her hair ETA in total fairness to those who have difficulty recognising hyperbole it s worth noting that itrobably isn t mostly about these things but it sure felt like it to me His later book is much much better and to the ointI can understand his fascination with DNA but that s just about all I could get on board with And his writing style was just completely flat I do not honestly think all the details like how cold he was in Italy are at all relevant to the history of the discovery of the double helix. Oiled by false modesty Watson relates his 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 wo. ,