Letter from Francis Crick to C. H. Waddington


Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to C. H. Waddington
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.
Extent:
3 pages
Date Created:
9 November 1967
Creator:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Recipient:
Waggington, C. H. (Conrad Hal), 1905-1975
Source:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Right Type:
Permission Granted - No Conditions
Right Statement:
Reproduced with permission of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. and http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/
Subject:
Biology, Vitalism, Physics, and Chemistry
Profiles in Science ID:
SCBBLT
NLM ID:
101584582X160
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
Text
Location:
Box: 102. Folder: PP/CRI/I/2/6/5