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November 8, 1930

THE PHYSICAL REASONABLENESS OF LIFE

Author Affiliations

Foulerton Research Professor of the Royal Society LONDON, ENGLAND

JAMA. 1930;95(19):1393-1397. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720190005002
Abstract

When I had the honor to propose my friend Professor Bronk as a member of the British Physiological Society I cited, as one of his qualifications, that he had written papers on astrophysics. This—as you may imagine—was not meant entirely seriously; nor will you charge me with supposing that a knowledge of astrophysics is, in itself, of use in physiology. There may even have been a gentle note of provocation in what I did; I may have hoped to draw an echo of protest from Prof. J. S. Haldane, who contrives—not quite seriously—to object to the use of what he is pleased to call mathematics in physiology. The most serious things, however, are often said and done with a smile. At the back of Haldane's mind, disguised in his laughing insults to quadratic equations and his jesting horror of electrical apparatus, is perhaps the strongest motive of his intellectual, one

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