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Genes, Girls, and Gamow: After the Double Helix

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In the years following his and Francis Crick’s towering discovery of DNA, James Watson was obsessed with finding two things: RNA and a wife. Genes, Girls, and Gamow is the marvelous chronicle of those pursuits. Watson effortlessly glides between his heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious debacles in the field of love and his heady inquiries in the field of science. He also ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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Dec 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Did you know that James Watson had a sore throat on a Thursday in 1953? He also had a sore throat several other times in the 50s.

Did you know that he found the checkout girl, a local waitress, and several of his undergrad students attractive? He didn't do anything about it, but he's relatively sure they were totally into him.

Did you know the intense personal details of his fringe acquaintances marriages falling apart? If not - those seem to be the one thing he goes into detail about in this book
Sep 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
If you don't have anything worthwhile to say, please don't say anything at all. I'm sure The Double Helix was a very important book but I no longer have any desire to read it. Unless I missed something, Watson seems to have chosen the 3 least exciting years of his entire life to chronicle. It reads like a teenage boy writing about girls censored by that same teenager's 80-year-old self. As for the science, I didn't learn anything. Maybe it was interesting to someone who already understood some o ...more
Rose Ann
Are all true geniuses such self-absorbed, self-referential assholes? Even though I was entertained by his (really well-written) memoir, I did shake my head over his disdain for "ordinary" humans, and for women who did not measure up to his standard of beauty. Also, he seemed to feel that every woman he encountered secretly yearned for him. Hello?
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I would much rather give this book 2.5 stars. It starts off well, but drags a lot. And becomes way too many anecdotes that aren't really interesting. Also, it is pretty gossipy, which amusing at first, gets old. I wish it had 50 pages shorter.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: auto-biography
Erinnerungen eines Genies - wie es in der deutschen Version heißt. Meine Bewertung mag etwas ungerecht sein, aber mir waren das zu viele Gene und Girls und zu wenig Gamow. Immerhin lerne ich, dass Doris Lessing einen "natürlichen, voll entwickelten Sex-Appeal" besaß.
Die dann tatsächliche Gattin wird im erst Epilog errungen. (Ebenso wie der Nobelpreis.) Und die Gattin gleicht übrigens 30 Jahre später immer noch "einem süßen Pfirsich".
Die Doppelhelix zu lesen reicht völlig.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
The man. The scientist. The scandal. This is basically an essay of James D. Watson about the months and years after the presentation of his masterpiece. He is quiet to mention all the other people who helped him discover the double helix and is that ever remaining self centered scientist, who appears to not care about genuine human connection, enough to assume many of his crushes through the years were crazy for him, without ever presenting them with some sort of interest. It is all together a d ...more
David Meyer
I really loved reading this book. Watson did a great job mixing the importance of the science involved with the humor and interest of the lives of the scientists involved. I was happily surprised at how many famous scientists were mentioned in the book and how interesting the relationships between them were.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
falls short of The Double Helix but good follow-up
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Oct 08, 2008 marked it as decided-not-to-read
Shelves: science, memoir
I forgot how insufferable James Watson and/or his writing style are. Sheesh.
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly entertaining and tawdry. I thought it was a much better read than "The Double Helix" if only because Dr. Watson comes off less arrogant in this book.
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Nov 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Started off very well. Interesting anecdotes, stories about the top research institutes and top scientists. However, it got rather boring and repetitive midway.
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In 1928, James D. Watson was born in Chicago. Watson, who co-discovered the double helix structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) at age 25, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962, along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. His bird-watching hobby prompted his interest in genetics. He earned his B.Sc. degree in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1947, and his Ph.D. ...more
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