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The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

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Watson’s account of the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Though the online book-buying world has many advantages, the one thing it lacks is serendipity. That moment when, looking for one book, you stumble upon another, pick it up and forgot what you were looking for in the first place. Such was the case of Watson’s book. And I checked it out fully thinking that it would most likely be a bit of a bore, only to find Watson’s sense of humor and trenchant commentary in regard to the practitioners of science (scientists, if you like) are often narrow-minded and dull-witted. It he at times sexist. Yes. Does that detract from the narrative. In my opinion, not in the least. He captures the time and that time in his own life wonderfully.

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September 7th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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