The Double Helix

Ranked #5 in Cell Biology, Ranked #8 in Genomicssee more rankings.

By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry & won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions & bitter rivalries. With humility unspoiled by false modesty, Watson relates his & Crick's... more

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Peter Attia Founder/Attia MedicalOne of the books that considers to be an important read for people interested in his career path. (Source)

Matt Ridley An astonishing literary achievement, and it was about the greatest scientific discovery of the 20th century. (Source)

Matt Calkins It gives you an insider’s look at how innovation happens, the struggles in it and the rivalry in the race to get to the heart of molecular structures. It felt like a business story but it’s really about science and innovation. (Source)

Adam Hart-Davis They made a brilliant guess and the result was that they and Maurice Wilkins shared a Nobel Prize and Rosalind Franklin didn’t, which was very unfair. (Source)

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