MOTIVATION for READING: I love science.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: How Watson and Crick used models to figure out how DNA was structured.
WHAT’s GOOD: I did not expect the breezy style. It is very readable.
What’s NOT so good: Well, you may or may not like Dr. Watson at the end but he does tell a fun story, even if bits are regrettable. He was young and determined. He shares more than just the science, but also other activities these youthful scientists were up to – where and what they ate (gooseberry pie has a mention!), the girls they tried to meet, the famous people they encountered and traveled to visit. He talks about his troubles with the sponsor for his time abroad and quite a bit about the personalities of everyone he works with.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I am so glad to have read this. The big question: did Rosalind Franklin get screwed out of the discovery and subsequent Nobel Prize. Question Mark. Let’s just say, it’s complicated and that I could say yes, but. It very much feels like facts happened and one’s viewpoint is X and the other is Y. This and that. Perspectives. And when you start to get snarky, it gets very ugly fast. Did circumstances make it difficult and thus makes it a helluva story? Oh yes.
She deserved more accolades and unfortunately she is getting it now and not in her lifetime. It is sad that she died so young. Was Watson a _____ (insert whatever nasty/relevant word you want here, but my answer is “he was a man”.)
And NOW: I get to read more about Rosalind Franklin:
RATING: Four slices of gooseberry pie. If you are going to read this, I suggest the annotated illustrated edition.