Alec Nevala-Lee

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My years of concentration on the fascinating problems of molecular biology had, in some respects, led me to live in an ivory tower. Since all the people I met were mainly concerned with the intellectual interest of these problems, I must have tacitly assumed that everyone was like that. Now I know better. The average adult can usually enjoy something only if it relates to what he knows already.

Francis Crick, What Mad Pursuit

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March 12, 2018 at 7:30 am

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“If you want to understand function, study structure,” I was supposed to have said in my molecular biology days…I think one should approach these problems at all levels…In nature hybrid species are usually sterile, but in science the reverse is often true. Hybrid subjects are often astonishingly fertile, whereas if a scientific discipline remains too pure it usually wilts.

Francis Crick, What Mad Pursuit

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October 26, 2016 at 7:30 am

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Francis Crick

It is interesting to note the curious mental attitude of scientists working on “hopeless” subjects. Contrary to what one might at first expect, they are all buoyed up by irrepressible optimism. I believe there is a simple explanation for this. Anyone without such optimism simply leaves the field and takes up some other line of work. Only the optimists remain.

Francis Crick, What Mad Pursuit

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December 8, 2015 at 7:30 am

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