John Burdon Sanderson Haldane


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John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (5 November 1892 – 1 December 1964), known as Jack (but who used 'J.B.S.' in his printed works), was a British-born geneticist and evolutionary biologist generally credited with a central role in the development of neo-Darwinian thinking (popularized by Richard Dawkins' 1976 work titled The Selfish Gene). A staunch Marxist, he was critical of Britain's role in the ... more »

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  • ''In fact, words are well adapted for description and the arousing of emotion, but for many kinds of precise thought other symbols are much better.''
    J.B.S. (John Burdon Sanderson) Haldane (1892-1964), British scientist. "God-Makers," The Inequality of Man (1932).
  • ''My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.''
    J.B.S. (John Burdon Sanderson) Haldane (1892-1964), British scientist. Possible Worlds, "Possible Worlds," (1927).
  • ''Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.''
    J.B.S. (John Burdon Sanderson) Haldane (1892-1964), British scientist. Possible Worlds, title essay (1927).
  • ''My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.''
    J.B.S. (John Burdon Sanderson) Haldane (1892-1964), British scientist. Possible Worlds, "Possible Worlds," (1927).
  • ''A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far better company than the average adult.''
    J.B.S. (John Burdon Sanderson) Haldane (1892-1964), British scientist. Quoted in New York Times (June 13, 1948).
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