The Double Helix Opening

The Double Helix Book Cover

The Opening of an exhibition about the writing of The Double Helix was held in the CSHL Library on Wednesday, June 27th. The book, written by James D. Watson and published in 1968, was recently chosen by the Library of Congress as one of the Books That Shaped America, and is currently featured in an exhibition there.

The Double Helix is Dr. Watson’s first-hand account of the events leading up to the discovery of the structure of DNA. The personal account documents not just the science but also the personalities of the major players in the story of one of science’s most important discoveries.

Our exhibit will be displayed until August 31, 2012, in the Zinder Reading Room at the Library. The exhibit features original documents that trace the story of the publication of The Double Helix, from its rejection by the Harvard University Press to its placement on the New York Times Best Seller List. All materials in the exhibit are courtesy of the James D. Watson Collection at the CSHL Archives.