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Watson holds nothing back when revealing the petty sniping and backbiting among his colleagues, while acknowledging that he himself was a willing participant in the melodrama. In particular, Watson reveals his mixed feelings about his famous colleague in discovery, Francis Crick, who many thought of as an arrogant man who talked too much, and whose brilliance was appreciated by few. This is the joy of The Double Helix--instead of a chronicle of stainless-steel heroes toiling away in their sparkling labs, Watson's chronicle gives readers an idea of what living science is like, warts and all. The Double Helix is a startling window into the scientific method, full of insight and wit, and packed with the kind of science anecdotes that are told and retold in the halls of universities and laboratories everywhere. It's the stuff of legends. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent, puts a face on history. Engrossing and entertaining.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
A classic. After reading if 35 years ago, I ordered it for a English speaking friend in China.Published 4 months ago by David G. Gamble
Because of all the hype surrounding this book I hesitated a long while before finally deciding to read it. Well, I can now say that I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Normand Hamel
Well written for the layman. Full of understandable information and interesting insight into the scientific lab.Published 6 months ago by RobertWarnick