With the current emphasis on the significance of the DNA, it was interesting to read Double Helix. The book is well-written, easy to read, and has short chapters, which is psychologically a help for the non-scientists. It is, however, annoying, as Watson sometimes uses the first names and sometimes surnames, so the reader has to work out who he is referring to.
The account is not too scientific, yet the subject obviously means many technical terms are used. There are some diagrams, but as a non-scientist, I found that a diagram of the double helix, downloaded from the internet, was crucial in putting the technical terms in the right context. A diagram of the double helix at the beginning of the book would have been invaluable.
The author, James Watson, was one of the scientists involved in the discovery of the double helix and the story is therefore, his viewpoint. Apparently any readers have found the account biased, and that more credit should have been given to both Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin
Apart from the current significance of the DNA in our lives, the book is a worthwhile read. An account of the success and frustrations of scientific research, personal jealousy and rivalry is normally not in the news when a major breakthrough is announced
The edition I read has since been updated and maybe some of the points mentioned above may no longer apply.