Letter from Francis Crick to C. H. Waddington


Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to C. H. Waddington
Creator:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Recipient:
Waggington, C. H. (Conrad Hal), 1905-1975
Date:
9 November 1967
Description:
Crick's letter was written in response to a review by Waddington of Crick's book, Of Molecules and Men (1966), a discourse on the relationship between science and philosophy in which Crick argued against vitalism, the belief that living beings are animated by an autonomous soul or metaphysical inner force that cannot be explained by natural laws. Instead, Crick argued that, with the major exception of evolution by natural selection (a process driven by chance mutations), all biological phenomena, including human consciousness, could eventually be reduced to the laws of physics and chemistry.
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Location:
Box: 102. Folder: PP/CRI/I/2/6/5
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. and http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Subject:
Biology, Vitalism, Physics, and Chemistry
Format:
Text
Extent:
3 pages
Relation:
Letter from C. H. Waddington to Francis Crick, 1967
Language:
English
Legacy Source Citation:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Legacy ID:
SCBBLT
NLM ID:
101584582X160
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
Embryology and the Organization of DNA in Higher Organisms, 1966-1976