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Michael Crichton
(23 Oct 1942 - )

American writer and physician whose science fiction works include the well-known Jurassic Park (novel 1990, movie 1997) and The Andromeda Strain (novel 1969, movie 1971). He began publishing fiction while in medical school, to raise income for tuition and living expenses. His success led to more novels, drawing on his knowledge of science and medicine, several of which were turned into movies. This drew him into directing some films beginning with Westworld (1973) and Coma (1978).

Science Quotes by Michael Crichton (3 quotes)

Mathematicians … believed that prediction was just a function of keeping track of things. If you knew enough, you could predict anything. … Chaos theory throws it right out the window because … in fact there are great categories of phenomena that are inherently unpredictable.
— Michael Crichton
In novel, Jurassic Park (1990, 1991), 158.
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Scientific research was much like prospecting: you went out and you hunted, armed with your maps and instruments, but in the ened your preparations did not matter, or even your intuition. You needed your luck, and whatever benefits accrued to the diligent, through sheer, grinding hard work.
— Michael Crichton
The Andromeda Strain (1969)
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The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. We must daily decide whether the threats we face are real, whether the solutions we are offered will do any good, whether the problems we’re told exist are in fact real problems, or non-problems.
— Michael Crichton
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