July 30, 2004

Goodbye to a great man

Francis Crick died on Wednesday from colon cancer. Francis Crick, along with James Watson were the men who discovered the structure of genes; a discovery that recieved scant attention at the time. But from shrugs come bravos, as the scientist learned to code, decipher and eventually use the information to find cures for genetic diseases. (there is lots more on the site.) Science has come quite a long way in a few years.

One quote from Dr.Crick, found in the article, stood out in my mind .
A man who is right every time is not likely to do very much.”

It is an important idea to grasp, especially for children. Great success if often aquired only after numerous failures. It is okay to fail. It is okay to be wrong. It is okay to have an idea that just doesn't pan out, that is, on reflection, silly. But have the ideas, go down the wrong trail. Fail a bit. Because you can't be right all the time.

Francis Crick and James Watson gave us the building blocks to a different, hopefully better,future. But that lies within our hands, and the science of the future. Right now, I just want to say thanks and goodbye, to a great scientist.

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