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)
The roots and branches of learning…
On this day, February 15, Richard Feynman died in Los Angeles, in 1988. He was of course the Nobel physicist (1965) who was well known for his idiosyncrasies. One of them was that he played the Bongo drum (professionally), and furthermore, from repairing radios to picking locks… to painting and poetry he did it all. So on this day, I will print a poem from one of his lectures, The Value of Science:
There are two types of believers in art, or religion, or even science: the true believer, who is constantly testing his beliefs by