'The greatest achievement of science in the twentieth century ...It will be an enormous success, and deserves to be so - a classic in the sense it will go on being read' - Sir Peter Medawar. Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry by elucidating the structure of DNA - and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time Watson was only 24, with more interest in girls than in chemistry. His uncompromisingly honest account of those heady days lifts the lid on the real world of greatscientists and the extraordinary ...
'The greatest achievement of science in the twentieth century ...It will be an enormous success, and deserves to be so - a classic in the sense it will go on being read' - Sir Peter Medawar. Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry by elucidating the structure of DNA - and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time Watson was only 24, with more interest in girls than in chemistry. His uncompromisingly honest account of those heady days lifts the lid on the real world of greatscientists and the extraordinary excitement of their desperate attempts to beat Linus Pauling to the solution to one of the great enigmas of the life sciences.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Ex-library. dust jacket covered, pretty nice library copy. xvi, 226 p. illus., facsims., ports. 22 cm. Includes: Illustrations, Portraits, Facsimiles. Autobiographical.
The Folio Society, London, UK, 2010. NEW, Hard Cover, Size=6."x9.", 147pgs(Index). Brand New copy. Clean, bright and very, very tight. No ink names, tears, chips, foxing, etc. Unread and unopened. Introduced by Steve Jones. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Good. No dust jacket. xvi, 226 p. illus., facsims., ports. 22 cm. Includes: Illustrations, Portraits, Facsimiles. Feb 1968 hc 1st ed 2nd printing. Staining, sunning & slight fraying on cover, corners a little bumped, tiny dent/tear on 1/2 title pg, lite foxing/soil on edge, else text clean, binding tight Autobiographical.
Good in J Good jacket. Stated first edition; dust jacket faintly rubbed/lightly soiled, corners/spine ends faintly rubbed/bumped; cover soiled/unevenly sunned, corners/spine ends very faintly bumped; edges very lightly soiled, top edge decoratively stained saffron; light erasure on ffep, previous owner's inscription on half-title page; binding tight; dust jacket, cover, edges, and interior intact and clean except as noted.
Very Good. B000HKN4QA. B000HKN4QA Very Good. (Binding: Hardcover, Jacket: Very Good) First edition. Cloth, 22 cm., 226 pp. + 6 pp. black and white plates of letters to Delbruck describing the initial discovery. Black and white portraits and figures. Very good copy in a very good dust jacket.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. xvi, 226 p. illus., facsims., ports. 22 cm. Includes: Illustrations, Portraits, Facsimiles. Autobiographical. Atheneum, New York, 1968. Hardcover. 6th Printing. SIGNED by James D. Watson on the title page. Nobel Prize-winning scientist's personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA. Book is Near Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket. Light rubbing to boards and spine, previous owners name on ffp. but appears unread. Clean straight & tight. DJ is unclipped and sunned with minor rubbing to edges and very minor fraying. SIGNED by the author.
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. B00I8WCY2Y. Black and white photographs and line drawings. Stated first edition. Small spot of light soiling on top edge, else very good in a very good or better (trace edge wear at the spine ends, light age toning to rear panel and flap edges) dust jacket.; 226 pages.
First edition, sixth printing, published four months after the first edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Watson on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket that some wear to the crown of the spine. "Science seldom proceeds in the straightforward logical manner imagined by outsiders, " writes James Watson in The Double Helix, his account of his codiscovery (along with Francis Crick) of the structure of DNA. Watson and Crick won Nobel Prizes for their work, and their names are memorized by biology students around the world. But as in all of history, the real story behind the deceptively simple outcome was messy, intense, and sometimes truly hilarious. To preserve the "real" story for the world, James Watson attempted to record his first impressions as soon after the events of 1951-1953 as possible, with all their unpleasant realities and "spirit of adventure" intact.
The most fascinating part of this story was the effort of Watson to keep in touch with the son of Linus Pauling, who was hot on the path to discover the DNA molecule. It was almost strange the way Watson and Crick used the x ray analysis of a female coworker to describe the DNA molecule and later be awarded the Nobel Prize while she, of course, could not be awarded the prize because she was dead. It's a story of hard work and some dirty dealing that ended up with the molecule of life being described. DNA profiling in crime detection and in the use of geneology work has proven wide spread for it's accuracy. People who were innocent and imprisoned became free and the ancestors of Thomas Jefferson were establised.
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