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Hly recommend this to anyone who has any interest in science medicine or the history of the 20th century The Double Helix is a wonderfully candid recounting of the scientific process revealing the interplay of conditions precedent specially technology observation and theory and the human condition 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set especiallygo competition and teamwork I can t help wondering that many if not all of the scientists revered through

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are really the beneficiaries much good fortune and coincidence Of course they were accomplished and driven necessary prereuisites to greatness yet those factors are not nough for a large amount of their success seems due to pure serendipity I had to read this book for a science class in college I ve never forgiven that teacher Shows how arrogant misogynistic and plain 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 pretentious and socially inept the scientific stablishment can be Also shows how a great scientist who suffered in silence due to being surrounded by sexist men in positions of authority was robbed of credit for providing the critical vidence necessary for finding and verifying the structure of DNA Rosalind Franklin you will not be forgotten I made the mistake of reading this over a long period of time I see now that it really needs to be read in just a few sittings Also a basic background in chemistry and 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 the helical structure of DNA Even though the Nobel award was given to both James D Watson and Francis Crick the of recognition swings to Watson for this well known account of how it all came to be The path to discovering the structure of DNA is of course fascinating but Watson s charming prose and thrilling narrative adds drama to t Gossip backstabbing petty suabbles arrogance snobbishness and misogyny take a front row seat in this personal account of how the double helix structure of DNA was discovered I xpected 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 Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America epilogue to credit Franklin for her work on the subject it seems too little too late He spends thentire book 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 The Pocket Wife exactly those termsOh and there is littlexplanation of the structure of DNA itself It really is of an account of his thoughts on girls stomach pains and on the personal lives of people Watson The Color of Our Sky encountered when working on the project In thend 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 jus I nded 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 fas. Heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts very human ambitions bitter rivalries With humility unsp. I have no doubt that James Watson was a pretty competent scientist although the way he writes it very 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 Obsession eliminated other fields which would reuireffort by his own words I suppose some people call it self disparaging but somehow to me it Reads Like A Humble Brag And Less Likely To Yield like a humble brag and less likely to yield 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 Watson portrays 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 ual 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 asy nough to read But the vibe of the whole book seems to be Oh the Nobel prize thing I didn t really put that much ffort into it I just happen to be a scientific genius and a visionary James D Watson became a controversial figure later in life but this story recounts the seminal vent 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 Crick and another Maurice Wilkins Watson is an xcellent storyteller something which cannot be said of most scientists He successfully nsnares the reader into the "drama of the moment describing the personalities involved and making the science attainable to any reader The discovery of the " of the moment describing the personalities involved and making the science attainable to any reader The discovery of the helix as the structure of DNA is perhaps the most remarkable vent 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 arned his BS in physics and unable to get the proper 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 mphasis from proteins 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 was taken aback by the use of her xrays without 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 asy to read I hig. 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. Cinating story but really it s mostly about James WATSON BOUNCING AROUND BETWEEN DIFFERENT SUPERVISORS AND MAKING Watson bouncing around between different supervisors and making comments about Franklin sorry Rosy who would ve been much better in his yes if she d done something with her hair ETA in total fairness to those who have difficulty recognising hyperbole it s worth noting that it probably isn t mostly about these things but it sure felt like it to me His later book is much much better and to the pointI 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 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 The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis enthralled by the continuous advancement of ideas that led to the double helical model that we all are familiar with today but what is deeply unsettling about this account of thosevents is the almost casual misogyny that bleeds off practically very page that features Rosalind Franklin I don t think that one or two paragraphs in an pilogue to attempt to paint her in a better light after defaming her character for the ntirety of what has gone before it can fully rectify the situation This book recounts the occurrences during the arly 1950s from the viewpoint of James Watson so the uestion could be asked does the time period and accepted societal viewpoints Just Cause excuse his narration of thevents This was a highly ducated man An intelligent man Surely a man such as that should be held to higher standards and should have been a voice for uality and not one spreading misogynistic ideasIf Franklin had lived it also would have highlighted the uandary over whether or not she would she have been awarded a Nobel prize too Undoubtedly her work was a key component in determining the structure of DNA However a Nobel Prize can only be awarded to a maximum of three people Who would have lost out Would perhaps the medical prize have been awarded to Watson and Crick and the chemistry prize to Franklin and Wilkins Sadly we will never know Rosalind Franklin died from ovarian cancer before the awarding of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine which was jointly awarded to Francis Harry Compton Crick James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material ref wwwnobelprizeorgHas history been too kind to Rosalind Franklin and placed too much gravitas on her scientific work Do we vilify James Watson and triumph Franklin as some sort of wronged feminist icon Would Watson and Crick have determined DNA structure as uickly without access to Franklin s researchI know what I believeFive stars for the science But one star for the blatant misogyny which I cannot condoneA prior knowledge of DNA structure and protein synthesis is best to njoy this book and at the very least some basic understanding of the various principles of chemical bonding. Oiled by false modesty Watson relates his Crick's desperate fforts 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. ,

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