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Sat Jun 2, 2012, 04:39 PM

Homo Scientificus According to Beckett

One of the truly profound essays I have read in my life.

http://www.ini.uzh.ch/~tobi/fun/max/delbruckHomoScientificusBecket1972.pdf

It has been over 35 years since I first read this essay by Max Delbrück, and it still inspires me and haunts me today.

What is the nature of the scientific mind? What drives a scientist?

Delbrück was a German-American biophysicist. He won the Nobel prize for discovering that bacteria become resistant to viruses (phages) as a result of genetic mutations.

In a recent article in Scientific American; The Right Way to Get It Wrong, it mentions Delbrück, along with Neils Bohr and Enrico Fermi, as scientists who have made spectacular mistakes that have driven science forward. Quote:

"In the 1940s Max Delbrück, the key founder of molecular biology, based his research on a number of incorrect and misleading assumptions. He would go on to win a Nobel Prize."

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Sat Jun 2, 2012, 09:30 PM

1. I would be very interested in any opinion regarding this essay. nt

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