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Conrad Hal Waddington
(8 Nov 1905 - 26 Sep 1975)

English embryologist and geneticist who was a leading embryologist and geneticist during the 1930s to 1950s. He originated the concepts of the “epigenetic landscape” and “genetic assimilation.” Waddington was a true polymath, whose interests also encompassed paleontology and philosophy.


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Science is the organised attempt of mankind to discover how things work as causal systems. The scientific attitude of mind is an interest in such questions. It can be contrasted with other attitudes, which have different interests; for instance the magical, which attempts to make things work not as material systems but as immaterial forces which can be controlled by spells; or the religious, which is interested in the world as revealing the nature of God.
— Conrad Hal Waddington
In The Scientific Attitude (1941), Foreword, 9.
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