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James D Watson and Francis Crick made a huge impact on the world of biology and DNA James Watson had been interested with how living things work ever since he was a child After reading Erwin Schroedingers book What is Life Watson changed his interest from birds to a much more important field genetics Francis Crick was a British physicist molecular biologist and neuroscientist These men were a team however it took the help of many others to get them through their diligent studies of DNA For the most part this was how I expected things in the science world to work Though it seemed less organized than what I would have thought I would have thought that the constant experiments would all be planned out on a schedule However of course there would be some epiphanies in your own private living One thing that did not surprise me is how much scientists work together They put their knowledge and ideas together in order to form reasonable hypotheses Many scientists were inspired by each other also like Watson seemed extremely ambitious after seeing Linus Paulings rendition of the a-helix However other people would dine with fellow scientists and discuss ideas only to steal them for their own benefit For the most part James D Watson and Francis Crick would not have become successful without the help of others The first person who really helped them along the way were Maurice Wilkins he taught Watson the basics of X-ray diffraction Next was Sir Lawrence Bragg because they were working under his supervision and direction Although not enjoyable to work with Rosalind Franklin gave them copies of her DNA X-rays And finally Linus Pauling he was mostly just inspiration for their ideas about the helix Overall this is how I had imagined science works despite that there was minimal organization in their experimenting In the novel there were a few things that shocked me and took
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