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The Search for the Double Helix
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This is an excellent story autobiography, of a brilliant scientist, James Dewey Watson, who reveals the structure of DNA. But this book is not wholly about science. Far from it. It's about a race, or game, for the one thing that separates scientists from great scientists, the Nobel Prize.
The race is among five people: Wilkins, Franklin, Pauling, and Watson and Crick. And how do you win a race of such prestige? By playing fair? Not in this case. To be the first to uncover the structure of the DNA molecule was going to take a little cheating, and we find out that Jim Watson was not the most 'honest' person. More than a few times he lies or simply twists the facts to get what he wants.
Jim Watson is a young, American postdoctoral fellow, trying to work in an English society that has many more rules, or morals, than he is used to. The problem of not being able to work on what he is so wrapped up in, DNA, causes serious problems for him. …
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