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Unravelling the Double Helix: The Lost Heroes of DNA
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Gareth Williams
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Unravelling the Double Helix: The Lost Heroes of DNA

Gareth Williams


9781474609364

John Murray


Biography: science, technology & engineering;
Mathematics & Sciences;
History of science;
Popular science;
DNA & Genome


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528 pages

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UNRAVELLING THE DOUBLE HELIX covers the most colourful period in the history of DNA, from the discovery of 'nuclein' in the late 1860s to the landmark publication of James Watson's THE DOUBLE HELIX in 1968. These hundred years included the advent of the Nobel Prize, antibiotics, X-ray crystallography and the atom bomb as well as two devastating world wars - events which are strung along the narrative thread of DNA like beads on a necklace.

The story of DNA is a saga packed with awful mistakes as well as brilliant science, with a wonderful cast of heroes and villains. Surprisingly, much of it is unfamiliar. The elucidation of the double helix was one of the most brilliant gems of twentieth-century science, but some of the scientists who played crucial roles have been airbrushed out of history. Others were plunged into darkness when the spotlight fell on James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin. Watson and Crick solved a magnificent mystery, but Gareth Williams shows that their contribution was to click into place the last few pieces of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle assembled over several decades.

By:   Gareth Williams
Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   640g
ISBN:   9781474609364
ISBN 10:   1474609368
Pages:   528
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gareth Williams is Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Medicine at the University of Bristol. His previous books for general readers are ANGEL OF DEATH: THE STORY OF SMALLPOX (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize of 2010), PARALYSED WITH FEAR: THE STORY OF POLIO and A MONSTROUS COMMOTION. He is a past president of the Anglo-French Medical Society and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Angers.


...a riveting good read...Not only did I find it hard to put down, I'm now moved to seek out other science histories by Williams. Highly recommended. * CHEMISTRY WORLD * This is a FANTASTIC book -- Professor Alice Roberts via Twitter (@theAliceRoberts) Gareth Williams, the former dean of medicine at Bristol University, has woven a truly superb narrative from short biographies of all the scientists who contributed to, and in some cases just missed out on, the epochal discovery that the secret of life is a digital linear code written on DNA ... By choosing to fill in the gaps in conventional accounts, Williams has done a good job of telling the whole story of science's greatest discovery. He has done it with fluency and a real feel for narrative -- Matt Ridley * The Times *

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