Today we celebrate the birthday of Rosalind Franklin, the unsung heroine who discovered DNA's double helical structure. To that end, we present the following quote, taken from a letter to Rosalind's father, wherein she weighs in on the perennial debate over science and its ability to either elevate or diminish our appreciation for and relationship with the natural world.
You look at science (or at least talk of it) as some sort of demoralising invention of man, something apart from real life, and which must be cautiously guarded and kept separate from everyday existence. But science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated. Science, for me, gives a partial explanation of life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment… In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing our best we shall come nearer to success and that success in our aims (the improvement of the lot of mankind, present and future) is worth attaining."
More on Franklin and her legacy here.