Chance Or Planning Essay

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Chance or Planning

Intelligence and planning are necessary factors in scientific research, however chance and luck are also important and somewhat necessary factors. The
Autobiography of Charles Darwin and the memoir, The Double Helix, written by
James Watson, prove this assertion. Charles Darwin, James Watson and Francis
Crick were all intelligent men that planned their experiments, however without chance and luck their success and scientific achievement would not be as great.

Intelligence and planning are important in scientific discovery, but are not always the dominating forces that drive scientific research. Such is the case with Charles Darwin, James Watson and Francis Crick. All three of these men were extremely
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Watson and Crick discovered the structure of
DNA and its double helix. Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins, and Linus Pauling were other scientists that were extremely close to discovering the structure of
DNA at the same time as Watson and Crick. They all had basically the same information, however Watson and Crick, due to chance and luck finished the race first, but not very far ahead of their competitors. Watson and Crick admit that the race to find the structure of DNA was close, however their luck or chance contributed tremendously to their achievement. Watson and Crick, much like
Darwin achieved their "greatness" due to mere chance, not planning.

Watson and Crick were very fortunate that their chance or good stroke of luck did not run out. They were lucky that they conceived the notion to make a three dimensional model of the helix. They were also lucky that death did not strike either of them. Crick states, in the book The Double Helix, that, "If Watson had been killed by a tennis ball I am reasonably sure that I would not have solved the structure alone. . ." (Watson, p. 143) Fortunately Watson was not killed by a tennis ball and Crick did not have to ponder the problem of DNA alone. Both men were extremely fortunate to have each other. Again luck and chance were important factors in their discovery, not planning.

Charles Darwin was also lucky that death did not strike him. Disease is extremely common

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