Genes, Girls and Gamow (Paperback)
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Genes, Girls and Gamow (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 22/05/2003
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In 1953 Watson and Crick discovered the double helical structure of DNA and Watson's personal account of the discovery, The Double Helix, was published in 1968. Genes, Girls and Gamow is also autobiographical, covering the period from when The Double Helix ends, in 1953, to a few years later, and ending with a Postscript bringing the story up to date. Here is Watson adjusting to new-found fame, carrying out tantalizing experiments on the role of RNA in biology, and falling in love. The book is enlivened with copies of handwritten letters from the larger than life character George Gamow, who had made significant contributions to physics but became intrigued by genes, RNA and the elusive genetic code. This is a tale of heartbreak, scientific excitement and ambition, laced with travelogue and '50s atmosphere.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198606932
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 327 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 18 mm


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Review from previous edition This classy memoir reads like a Who's Who of 20th-century science [ . . . ] Reading Watson is a delight, an opportunity to breathe the rarefied air of his generation's greatest scientists and to crash a faculty cocktail party or two along the way. * Publisher's Weekly *
A priceless glimpse into the intellectual circle that nurtured [Watson's] revolutionary paradigm. * The New York Times Book Review *
Endorsement for A Passion for DNA by the same author: Jim Watson has elevated his unique combination of justified arrogance, scurrilous candour and disconcertingly mature wisdom into an art form. As one of the half dozen twentieth century scientists whose name will live into the fourth millennium he gets away with it, and the result is both edifying and hugely entertaining. * Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene *
Watson [ . . . ] is a good writer, with a fine sense of place and narrative * Brenda Maddox, The Literary Review *
An essential coda to The Double Helix. * The Boston Globe *

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