The Double Helix by James D. Watson

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Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, an annotated and illustrated edition of this classic 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.
 

About James D. Watson

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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. Alexander Gann (the Lita Annenberg Hazen Dean-Elect) is a member of the faculty of the Watson School of Biological Sciences. Jan Witkowski (Executive Director, Banbury Center) is a member of the faculty of the Watson School of Biological Sciences.
 
Published November 6, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 368 pages
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In its drama, Watson's life has rivaled the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Apr 29 1994 | Read Full Review of The Double Helix

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Of course, there was that classic first sentence: “I have never seen Francis Crick in a modest mood.” Reading it again does nothing to diminish the excitement of the pursuit: Watson and Crick batting ideas back and forth, reading, experimenting, consulting, making models, zealous to win out over ...

Oct 15 2012 | Read Full Review of The Double Helix

The New York Times

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A new annotated and illustrated edition of James Watson’s book “The Double Helix” adds interesting details about the rivalries in the race to decode the structure of DNA.

Nov 12 2012 | Read Full Review of The Double Helix

The New York Times

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A new annotated and illustrated edition of James Watson’s book “The Double Helix” adds interesting details about the rivalries in the race to decode the structure of DNA.

Nov 12 2012 | Read Full Review of The Double Helix

The Guardian

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Watson's depictions of several scientists were deeply unflattering and the book's secondary plot, which focuses on Watson's pursuit of young women – or "popsies" as he called them – around Cambridge, was considered irrelevant and patronising.

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The Guardian

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Double Helix by James Watson Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Watson came from America to Cambridge, aged 23, in 1951 to work on prote...

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Publishers Weekly

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Readers also encounter the "pope-like" figure of Caltech chemist Linus Pauling, the bongo-playing genius physicist Richard Feynman and of course Russian theoretical physicist George Gamow, the "zany," card-trick playing, limerick-singing, booze-swilling, practical-joking "giant imp" who founded w...

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Ironically, despite ridiculing social science, Watson’s tale opened up science studies as no sociologist could have ever hoped.

Jun 21 2001 | Read Full Review of The Double Helix

Curtis Brown

The new edition of this classic work contains over 350 annotations and photographs, many of which were not previously published.

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