Genes, Girls, and Gamow: After the Double Helix

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 7, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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In the years following his and Francis Crick’s towering discovery of DNA, James Watson was obsessed with finding two things: RNA and a wife. Genes, Girls, and Gamow is the marvelous chronicle of those pursuits. Watson effortlessly glides between his heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious debacles in the field of love and his heady inquiries in the field of science. He also reflects with touching candor on some of science’s other titans, from fellow Nobelists Linus Pauling and the incorrigible Richard Feynman to Russian physicist George Gamow, who loved whiskey, limericks, and card tricks as much as he did molecules and genes. What emerges is a refreshingly human portrait of a group of geniuses and a candid, often surprising account of how science is done.

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Review: Genes, Girls, and Gamow: After the Double Helix

User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

I would much rather give this book 2.5 stars. It starts off well, but drags a lot. And becomes way too many anecdotes that aren't really interesting. Also, it is pretty gossipy, which amusing at first, gets old. I wish it had 50 pages shorter. Read full review

Review: Genes, Girls, and Gamow: After the Double Helix

User Review  - Pam - Goodreads

Surprisingly entertaining and tawdry. I thought it was a much better read than "The Double Helix" if only because Dr. Watson comes off less arrogant in this book. Read full review

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James D. Watson is president of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, he has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, and, with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 1962.


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