J.B.S. Haldane co-founded population genetics, served in the trenches of World War I (where he found killing Germans to be a satisfying activity), and wrote Daedelus, a novel that anticipated in vitro fertilization five decades before it became a reality. He was known to parlay his considerable nasty streak into his own dark humor. Dying of cancer, he circulated this poem:
Cancer’s a Funny Thing:
I wish I had the voice of Homer
To Sing of Rectal Carcinoma
Which kills a lot more chaps, in fact,
Than were bumped off when Troy was sacked.
Two other quotations for which he is known are his assertion that the word is not just “queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose” and that evolution could be disproved by the simple discovery of fossil rabbits in the pre-Cambrian.
It’s that last quote that regular Is It Luck commenter Korbie has latched onto for the title of his brand new blog. He’s already written about science education, Jesus’ holy image turning up in unlikely places, and non-drowsy sleep aids. Check it out.