Zitate von Erwin Chargaff
Geburtstag: 11. August 1905
Todesdatum: 20. Juni 2002
Erwin Chargaff war ein österreichisch-amerikanischer Chemiker und Schriftsteller. Als Wissenschaftler auf den Gebieten der Biochemie und Genforschung lieferte Chargaff wichtige Beiträge zur Entschlüsselung der DNA-Struktur. Nach seiner Emeritierung 1974 machte er sich mit stilistisch geschliffenen, kritischen Essays als Wissenschaftskritiker einen Namen. Wikipedia
Zitate Erwin Chargaff
„Now one could say, at the risk of some superficiality, that there exist principally two types of scientists. The ones, and they are rare, wish to understand the world, to know nature; the others, far more frequent, wish to explain it. The first are searching for truth, often with knowledge that they will not attain it; the second strive for plausibility, for the achievement of an intellectually consistent, and hence successful, view of the world.“
Heraclitean Fire: Sketches from a Life Before Nature, Paul & Co Pub Consortium, June, 1978.
The Genetic Revolution—Great Promise With Growing Concern, Awake! magazine, July 22, 1989.
„In 1945, therefore, I proved a sentimental fool; and Mr. Truman could safely have classified me among the whimpering idiots he did not wish admitted to the presidential office. For I felt that no man has the right to decree so much suffering, and that science, in providing and sharpening the knife and in upholding the ram, had incurred a guilt of which it will never get rid. It was at that time that the nexus between science and murder became clear to me. For several years after the somber event, between 1947 and 1952, I tried desperately to find a position in what then appeared to me as a bucolic Switzerland,—but I had no success.“
Erwin Chargaff, Heraclitean Fire: Sketches from a Life before Nature (1978), 4.