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The Path to the Double Helix: The Discovery of DNA

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The 1953 discovery by James Watson and Francis Crick of the molecular structure of DNA ranks among the most dramatic events in the history of science. In this lively, perceptive, and scholarly study, a noted historian of science provides the first in-depth account of this milestone's achievement.

Combining scientific and historical approaches, the narrative vividly recaptures the excitement of the conceptualization and evolution of ideas that led to the discovery of the genetic "secret of life." The story unfolds along several major lines: long-chain macromolecules; nucleic acids; bacterial transformations; the intellectual evolutions of physicists, chemists, and biologists; and the cross-pollination of scientific disciplines that unlocked the structural secrets of DNA. Francis Crick provides an illuminating Foreword for this abundantly illustrated and thought-provoking retelling of a great scientific detective story.

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**** Reprint of the U. of Washington Press original of 1974 (which is cited in BCL3).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Written by a noted historian of science, this in-depth account traces how Watson and Crick achieved one of science's most dramatic feats: their 1953 discovery of the molecular structure of DNA. 1974 edition.

Synopsis:

Written by a noted biology historian, this classic constitutes the first in-depth account of the 1953 discovery of the molecular structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick. Crick provided the Foreword, in which he proclaimed that "no future historian of science in this area will be able to ignore this present volume." 1974 edition.

Synopsis:

Perceptive study of the evolution of ideas leading to understanding of genetic "secret of life." Work of Watson, Crick, others.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 457-506) and indexes.

Table of Contents

Frontispiece

Foreword by Francis Crick

Preface

Note on References to Source Material

List of Plates

Introduction

Note to the Introduction (1994)

"Section I From Colloidal Particles to Long-Chain Molecules: Bergmann, Staudinger, Svedberg, Polanyi, Mark, Astbury"

  Chapter 1 The Macromolecule

  Chapter 2 The Ultracentrifuge

  Chapter 3 The Fibre Diagram and the Long-Chain Molecule

  Chapter 4 The Leeds School under Astbury

  Chapter 5 Astbury under Attack

"Section II Nucleic Acids and the Nature of the Hereditary Material: Levene, Caspersson, Garrod, Muller, Darlington, Stanley"

  "Chapter 6 Kossel, Levene and the Tetranucleotide Hypothesis"

  Chapter 7 The Nucleoprotein Theory of the Gene

  Chapter 8 The Physiology of the Gene

  Chapter 9 The Enzyme Theory of Life

  Chapter 10 The Chemistry of Virus-Genes

"Section III Bacterial Transformation, its Nature and Implications: Griffith, Avery, Boivin, Vendrely, Chargaff, Wyatt"

  Chapter 11 Bacterial Transformation

  Chapter 12 The Identity of the Transforming Substance

  Chapter 13 Support for Avery

  Chapter 14 Base Ratios

"Section IV Intellectual Migrations: Delbrück, Schrödinger, Bernal, Perutz, Pauling, Watson and Crick"

  Chapter 15 Physicists in Biology: The Informational School

  Chapter 16 Physicists and Chemists in Biology: The Structural School

  "Chapter 17 Pauling, Caltech and the a-Helix"

  Chapter 18 Watson and Crick

"Section V Hunting for the Helix: Wilkins, Gosling, Furberg, Franklin, Pauling, Watson and Crick"

  Chapter 19 DNA as a Single- or Multiple-Strand Helix

  Chapter 20 DNA as a Trip Helix

  Chapter 21 DNA as a Double Helix

  Chapter 22 Conclusion

Postscript (1994)

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486681177
Author:
Olby, Robert
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Olby
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
History
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Cytology
Subject:
Molecular biology
Subject:
Dna
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Cytology
Subject:
Molecular biology -- History.
Subject:
History of science
Subject:
Francis Crick
Subject:
Biology-Cytology and Cell Biology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Biology
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.63 in 1.28 lb

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Written by a noted historian of science, this in-depth account traces how Watson and Crick achieved one of science's most dramatic feats: their 1953 discovery of the molecular structure of DNA. 1974 edition.
"Synopsis" by , Written by a noted biology historian, this classic constitutes the first in-depth account of the 1953 discovery of the molecular structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick. Crick provided the Foreword, in which he proclaimed that "no future historian of science in this area will be able to ignore this present volume." 1974 edition.
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Perceptive study of the evolution of ideas leading to understanding of genetic "secret of life." Work of Watson, Crick, others.
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