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    Preferred contact method Email Text message. When will my order be ready to collect? Following the initial email, you will be contacted by the shop to confirm that your item is available for collection. I asked him — had the prize had emboldened him to be candid? Watson describes how they raced to beat their great American rival, Linus Pauling. One of the great strengths of his book is how, as he tells their intertwined story, much science is unobtrusively discussed.

    What added to its novelty was that this account of happenings in the buttoned-up Britain of the s was from the viewpoint of a year-old cocksure Chicagoan who was as obsessed with parties and popsies as he was with science. Harvard University Press dropped the book, which was picked up by a newly-established commercial publisher called Atheneum. Concerns about libel only calmed when Bragg agreed to do the foreword, giving it credence. One had only to see him peel an orange.

    When I talked to Wilkins in , he acknowledged that The Double Helix was pioneering for the vivid insight it gave into the personalities and process of science. But he did have one regret.

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    Wilkins had declined when they had had invited him to co-author the Nature letter that unveiled the double helix in April There were many ingredients of success: the three laureates had been inspired by What Is Life? Watson and Crick were spurred on by their rivalry with Pauling. The molecular structures for their models were corrected one Thursday by quantum chemist Jerry Donohue, who shared an office with them. But the relatively recent vogue for crediting Franklin with the most important part of the discovery has gone too far, Crick remarked the year before he died.

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    Franklin, who was close to Crick, especially during her last illness, had never complained that she deserved more credit. But, of course, she never realised the extent to which the Cambridge duo had relied on her data.

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    By the start of that year she too had come around to the idea of helices, after being, at best, unconvinced, at worst, hostile to the idea.