Watson or Crick?
“Rather than believe that Watson and Crick made the DNA structure, I would rather stress that the structure made Watson and Crick”.
– Francis Crick in What Mad Pursuit (1988, p.76)
But to convey my own feelings, I cannot do better than quote…the painter John Minton in which he said of his own artistic creations, “The important thing is to be there when the picture is painted.”
Francis Crick, on his discovery of DNA structure
On this day eight years ago, the possibly most creative biologist of the twentieth century died in San Diego, California. He was one of the greatest scientists of of all time, along with Einstein,
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information
T.S. Eliot, from “The Rock” (1934)
Since those bleak pre-war days when Eliot put down these lines, our world has galloped on at even greater speed, with a velocity ever more dizzying. This of course is in great part aided by the advent of the computer and the information age. It has created such wealth and prosperity utterly unimagined a mere seventy years ago. But has all this made our lives better? Are we wiser and happier? We should be, if information = knowledge.