James Watson Tells His Story
Eighteen Years Later
James D. Watson publishes a memoir about his role in the discovery of DNA's structure, providing an invaluable first-hand account of the scientific research process.
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
As I hope this book will show, science seldom proceeds in the straightforward logical manner imagined by outsiders. Instead, its steps forward (and sometimes backward) are often very human events in which personalities and cultural traditions play major roles.
Watson, J.D. (1969). New York: Atheneum.
|Popular Book Characteristics|
|AUTHOR:||Journalists, professional writers, or sometimes scholars|
|SELECTION PROCESS:||Selected by editors for sales potential|
|TIMELINESS:||Not as current as magazines or journals (although books on current events or scandals are sometimes rush released to capitalize on public interest).|
|CONTENT:||Provides more content than a magazine article, but is still a popularized treatment of a subject. (For example, Watson's book caused some controversy over his negative remarks on Rosalind Franklin's personality the sort of remarks that wouldn't be found in a scholarly journal article.) Does not usually back up information with footnotes and bibliographies citing other research.|