Erik Graff's Reviews > The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

The Double Helix by James D. Watson
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Read in March, 2006 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Published fifteen years after he contributed to the discovery in 1953 of DNA's structure, Watson's account has been criticized for misappropriating credit for the work. I'm no expert on this controversy but reading it at least gave me enough background to follow articles on the matter.

Written for the layperson, this book gives enough background to appreciate what Watson, Crick et alia accomplished and presents an interesting view of the competitiveness--especially with Linus Pauling in this case--which is sometimes operant in scientific research.
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