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Watson And DNA : Making A Scientific Revolution - Victor K. McElheny

Watson And DNA

Making A Scientific Revolution

Paperback Published: 15th January 2004
ISBN: 9780738208664
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The most influential scientist of the last century, James Watson has been at dead center in the creation of modern molecular biology. This masterful biography brings to life the extraordinary achievements not only of Watson but also all those working on this cutting edge of scientific discovery, such as Walter Gilbert, Francis Crick, Francois Jacob, and David Baltimore. From the ruthless competition in the race to identify the structure of DNA to a near mutiny in the Harvard biology department, to clashes with ethicists over issues in genetics, Watson has left a wake of detractors as well as fans. Victor McElheny probes brilliantly behind the veil of Watson's own invented persona, bringing us close to the relentless genius and scientific impresario who triggered and sustained a revolution in science.

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"McElheny presents the science in this amazing story with effortless lucidity and sets out clearly Watson's success as scientific impresario."

Prologue: 19 October 1962
Books and Birds: "Growing Up" in Chicago
Target, The Gene: Bloomington and "Paradise"
Stumbling on Gold: Two Smart Alecks in Cambridge
A Beautiful Molecule: Being Believed
Now What? Thrashing Around
Harvard: "Few Dared Call Him to Account"
Minifesto and Marriage
"Fresh, Arrogant, Catty, Bratty, and Funny"
A Passion for Building: Cold Spring Harbor
"Higher" Cells: Science at Cold Spring Harbor
"Odd Man Out": Recombinant DNA
Genome: "It Is So Obvious"
Epilogue: "I'am an Optimist"
A Brief Chronology
Interviews by the Author
About the Author
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780738208664
ISBN-10: 0738208663
Series: Merloyd Lawrence Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 15th January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1