The Double Helix

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Good - Spine crease, but binding is still strong. Light shelf wear. Age-tanning to pages. Minimal marginal markings with a few words that are underlined but sparse throughout the book.
Paperback, 143 pages
New American Library, 1969
Mentor Book Edition, Nineteenth Printing

This is a book by a scientist about scientists--and the inside story of one of the key discoveries of the century, the structure of DNA, the heredity molecule.  Even more fascinating, perhaps, it is the superbly human tale of how a very unusal 23-year-old American saw his chacne for scientific immortality and promptly set out to seize it.

Editorial Reviews

"An enormous success...a classic." --Peter B. Medewar, The New York Review of Books

"The history of a scientific endeavor, a true detective story that leaves the reader breathless from beginning to end." --Andre Lwoff, Scientific American

"He has described admirably how it feels to have that frightening and beautiful experience of making a scientific discovery." --Richard Feynman

"Lively, wholly brash, full of sharp and sudden opinion, often at the edge of scandal." --Philip Morrison, Life

About the Author

James D. Watson, together with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is Chancellor Emeritus of the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.