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The Double Helix - Breakthrough in 1953,
This review is from: The Double Helix (Paperback)
In 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson made the most significant scientific breakthrough of the Twentieth Century - the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Their findings would not only revolutionise biochemistry but also provide a greater understanding of the very basis of life and how information is passed from one generation to the next.
The story is told by Watson in this brief but colourful memoir, originally published in 1968. Although the scientific discoveries are complex, this is not a dry, academic textbook. Watson writes with spiky humour and it's difficult not to get caught up in their frantic rush to be the first to find the correct answer, particularly when others are working on parallel research on both sides of the Atlantic.
At only 160 pages, The Double Helix never feels daunting for the non-academic and succeeds in portraying the human face of a great scientific discovery.