DNA PIONEER by Joyce Baldwin

DNA PIONEER

James Watson and the Double Helix
Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In its drama, Watson's life has rivaled the discovery of the structure of DNA. So intent on his research was this awkward, bumbling scholar that he would climb a drainpipe to sneak into a lab at night. Watson had a knack for selecting problems that would yield important scientific results, but did he pilfer? Did Rosalind Franklin originate crucial material? If so, why was she not included in the Nobel Prize? Baldwin, who had exceptional access to Watson and his family, conveys the elegance of science (the ``structure [of DNA] was too pretty not to be true''), describes diverse influences (birding, Arrowsmith, movies), and even gives advice (go to a college where others are brighter than you, to test your mettle). Voluminous detail on what, exactly, provided a lifetime's worth of inspiration broaden an intriguing picture of this intrepid competitor. Glossary; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: April 29th, 1994
ISBN: 0-8027-8297-3
Page count: 136pp
Publisher: Walker
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1994




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