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The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Touchstone Books
Publication date June 12, 2001
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743216302
ISBN-10 074321630X
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $16.99
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
One of the two discoverers of DNA recalls the lively scientific quest that led to this breakthrough, from the long hours in the lab, to the after-hours socializing, to the financial struggles that almost sank their project. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The classic personal account of Watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA, now with an introduction by Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind.

By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only twenty-four, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the 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, and bitter rivalries.

With humility unspoiled by false modesty, Watson relates his and Crick’s desperate efforts 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 work.

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Hardcover
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With Gunther S. Stent | Reprint edition from Scribner (February 1, 1998)
9780684852799 | details & prices | 226 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Examines the creative scientific exploration involved in the discovery of the DNA structure and the important implications of this knowledge.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Touchstone Books (June 12, 2001)
9780743216302 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $16.99
About: One of the two discoverers of DNA recalls the lively scientific quest that led to this breakthrough, from the long hours in the lab, to the after-hours socializing, to the financial struggles that almost sank their project.
Reissue edition from New Amer Library (February 1, 1991)
9780451627872 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $6.99
About: A Nobel Prize-winning biochemist relates his monumental discovery of the structure of the hereditary molecule DNA
With Gunther S. Stent (other contributor) | from W W Norton & Co Inc (February 1, 1981)
9780393950755 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $22.75
About: Since its publication in 1968, The Double Helix has given countless readers a rare and exciting look at one highly significant piece of scientific research―Watson and Crick's race to discover the molecular structure of DNA.
from Atheneum (October 1, 1980)
9780689706028 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $11.95
About: Examines the creative scientific exploration involved in the discovery of the DNA structure and the important implications of this knowledge
from Atheneum (October 1, 1980)
9780689706028 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $11.95
About: Examines the creative scientific exploration involved in the discovery of the DNA structure and the important implications of this knowledge

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