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James Watsons The Double Helix A Review A review of Watson James D The Double Helix New York Atheneum 1968 James Watsons account of the events that led to the discovery of the structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid DNA is a very witty narrative and shines light on the nature of scientists Watson describes the many key events that led to the eventual discovery of the structure of DNA in a scientific manner while including many experiences in his life that happened at the same time which really have no great significant impact on the discovery of the DNA structure The Double Helix begins with a brief description of some of the individuals that played a significant role in the discovery of DNA structure Francis Crick is the one individual that may have influenced Watson the most in the discovery Crick seemed to be a loud and out spoken man He never was afraid to express his opinion or suggestions to others Watson appreciated Crick for this outspoken nature while others could not bear Crick because of this nature Maurice Wilkins was a much calmer and quieter man that worked in London at Kings College Wilkins was the initial person that excited Watson on DNA research Wilkins had an assistant Rosalind Franklin also known as Rosy Initially Wilkins thought that Rosy was supposed to be his assistant in researching the structure of DNA because of her expertise in crystallography however Rosy did not want to be thought of as anybodys assistant and let her feelings be known to others Throughout the book there is a drama between Wilkins and Rosy a drama for the struggle of power between the two Watsons adventure begins when he receives a grant to leave the United States and go to Copenhagen to do his postdoctoral work with a biochemist named Herman Kalckar Watson found that studying biochemistry was not as exciting as he hoped
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