The Puzzle of Perfection, Thirty Years On
The existence of maximal accuracy limits (d values) in amino acid discrimination by an amino acid-selecting protein was suggested years ago by Linus Pauling. He proposed that these d values would be very small for pairs of similar amino acids.
Reframing failure in the quest for scientific truth
In his book "Brilliant Blunders," Livio wrote about a mistake made by Linus Pauling, a Nobel prize-winning chemist. He was the first to model protein molecules, but when he tried to develop a model for the structure of DNA, he failed miserably. "He had ...
Can We Control New Technologies?
PR Newswire (press release)
DALLAS, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The steady stream of new technologies emerging in genetics, information technology, bioengineering, and numerous other sectors is usually accompanied by compelling statements by researchers and company ...
This Cold War Debate Shows the Role Scientists Should Play in Politics
In front of big block letters reading KQED, the call sign of the public television station, sat Linus Pauling, the 1954 Nobel laureate in chemistry and a compelling voice in the push for world peace through nuclear disarmament. To his left was ...