Talk: Unravelling the double helix
25 March 2020 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| £5 – £7
Shed Talks Series. One-hour talk followed by Q&A. Bar. Doors open 7pm.
Professor Gareth Williams – Unravelling the double helix, the lost heroes of DNA
UNRAVELLING THE DOUBLE HELIX is a saga packed with awful mistakes as well as brilliant science, played out by a wonderful cast of heroes and villains. Surprisingly, much of it is unfamiliar. Everyone knows that Watson and Crick cracked the double helix, but Williams shows that they clicked into place the last pieces of a massive jigsaw puzzle which others had taken decades to assemble.
In this talk, drawing on material from his new book, Professor Gareth Williams tells the story of that discovery in the round, highlighting some of its lost heroes, from those who first fought to prove that DNA was the stuff of genes, to later researchers like Maurice Wilkins (the ‘Third Man of DNA’) and Rosalind Franklin, famously demonised by Watson.
“This is a FANTASTIC book – the deep story of the discovery of DNA, starting in 1868, with a German doctor finding a new molecule contained in the nuclei of white blood cells… 5 chapters in, and this is already clamouring to be one of my fave science/history books of 2019” – Professor Alice Roberts
“Truly Superb” – Matt Ridley, The Times
Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for students, bookable in advance or pay on the door.