Chance Favors, but Ambition is Crucial

The major credit I think Jim and I deserve ... is for selecting the right problem and sticking to it. It's true that by blundering about we stumbled on gold, but the fact remains that we were looking for gold. Both of us had decided, quite independently of each other, that the central problem in molecular biology was the chemical structure of the gene. ... We could not see what the answer was, but we considered it so important that we were determined to think about it long and hard, from any relevant point of view.


Francis Crick admits his discovery was something of chance, but emphasizes the fact that he was looking for the discovery in the first place and willing to dedicate a great deal of time to it.

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 What Mad Pursuit
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Crick , Francis (1990-07-10), What Mad Pursuit, Basic Books (AZ), Retrieved on 2012-03-17
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