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The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix by James D. Watson


published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Watson and Crick’s discovery of the construction of DNA, an annotated and illustrated edition of this classic e book gives new insights into the personal relationships between James Watson, Frances Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin, and the making of a scientific revolution.

In his 1968 memoir, The Double Helix, the brash younger scientist James Watson chronicled the drama of the race to spot the construction of DNA, a discovery that would usher within the generation of up to date molecular biology. Alexander Gann and Jan Witkowski have constructed upon this gripping narrative, juxtaposing Watson’s racy account with the observations of different protagonists and providing an better viewpoint at the now legendary tale of Watson and Crick’s discovery.

Gann and Witkowski have mined many sources, including a trove of newly found out correspondence belonging to Francis Crick (mislaid some fifty years ago) and the information of Maurice Wilkins, Linus Pauling, Rosalind Franklin, and Watson and Crick themselves. additionally on this edition are Watson’s own account of the Nobel Prize award and celebrations, appendixes that include an account of the e book’s controversial first e-newsletter, and a chapter dropped from the unique edition, in addition to an odd assortment of documents and pictures— many never earlier than published. This wealth of subject material contributes depth and colour to Watson’s novelistic text and puts occasions within their contemporary medical and social context.

After part a century, the consequences of the double helix keep rippling outward; the tools of molecular biology have eternally remodeled the life sciences and drugs. The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix adds new richness to the account of the momentous occasions that led the fee.

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"technology seldom proceeds within the simple logical manner imagined through outsiders," writes James Watson in The Double Helix, his account of his codiscovery (along with Francis Crick) of the construction of DNA. Watson and Crick gained Nobel Prizes for his or her paintings, and their names are memorized through biology students all over the world. but as in all of history, the actual tale in the back of the deceptively easy end result was messy, extreme, and on occasion in reality hilarious. To preserve the "actual" tale for the world, James Watson tried to document his first impressions as quickly after the occasions of 1951-195three as conceivable, with all their ugly actualities and "spirit of journey" intact.

Watson holds nothing again whilst revealing the petty sniping and againbiting among his colleagues, while acknowledging that he himself was a keen player within the melodrama. particularly, Watson unearths his mixed emotions approximately his famous colleague in discovery, Francis Crick, who many considered an arrogant man who talked too much, and whose brilliance was appreciated through few. this is the joy of The Double Helix--as an alternative of a chronicle of chrome steel heroes toiling away within their sparkling labs, Watsoncff0478#three9;s chronicle gives readers an idea of what living science is like, warts and all. The Double Helix is a startling window into the medical method, filled with insight and wit, and jam-packed with the kind of science anecdotes which might be informed and reinformed within the halls of universities and laboratories in every single place. Itcff0478#three9;s the stuff of legends. --Therese Littleton

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author: James D. Watsonpublisher: Simon cff0478 SchusterBinding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: three68

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