The Double Helix - Chapter 27 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 27 Summary

Francis became unable to concentrate on his thesis, excited about the base pairs Watson had discovered. The two scientists had to wait for the metal models of the bases to be finished before they could construct their model based on Watson's idea. When the bases were finished, the model was constructed. The scientists decided not to tell King's lab yet, because they wanted to verify their measurements first. Bragg also wanted the two to consult Todd to make sure their chemistry was accurate. Watson and Crick made careful measurements of the model and found it accurate, and Bragg invited Maurice to come view the model.

Chapter 27 Analysis

Watson says that "much of our success was due to the long uneventful periods, when we walked among the colleges or unobtrusively read the new books that came into Heffer's bookstore." His observation brings up the theme of...

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