The Double Helix Essay

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In the following review of a new edition of The Double Helix, the reviewer calls it a "very useful but under-developed book."

These two books go together very well. There are all kinds of correspondences between them and some illuminating differences in style and content. Anyone seriously interested in the history of molecular biology will think about acquiring the Monod memoir. Anyone whose teaching involves reference to or scrutiny of James Watson's The Double Helix, of which Stent has now produced a critical edition, should consider buying this volume. This does not exhaust the kinds of readers, who will, I think, be fascinated by these books.

In the case of the new edition of The Double Helix, it is hard to know whether to call the book Watson's or Stent's. James Watson, a Nobel prize-winning molecular biologist, wrote an account of his collaboration with Francis Crick on the...

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