McClintock

Nicholas Wade

  • A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock by Evelyn Fox Keller
    Freeman, 235 pp, £13.95, July 1984, ISBN 0 7167 1433 7
  • A Slot Machine, A Broken Test Tube by S.E. Luria
    Harper and Row, 229 pp, £12.50, May 1984, ISBN 0 06 015260 5

Eureka! Scientific discoveries, as everyone knows, are made by those flashes of insight in which the mind of a scientist perceives some previously hidden truth about nature. The deeper truth, occasionally alluded to but seldom pursued, is that scientists as individuals have little importance in scientific discovery.

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