Reading progress update: I've read 187 out of 593 pages.

The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee

Mukherjee gives a very balanced account of the story of how Crick, Watson, Wilkins, and Franklin arrived at the discovery of the DNA structure and I enjoyed that he gave each of the four the credit they deserve as well as mentioning others that have contributed to the work of the four scientists. 

 

Why do I mention this?

 

Because James Watson's own account is rather different and in it he belittles the contribution made by Wilkins and Franklin, nor does he mention any others much that I can remember other than his and Crick's competition with Pauling.

 

I did not come away from reading Watson's book with a feeling of admiration of the man.

 

And, of course,  a more recent popular science read also suffered from the "me, me, me" syndrome, so this aspect of a books narration is still on my mind. 

 

As fascinating as the book is, from here on in, I'll need to cut reading into even smaller chunks as the information is becoming more technical.