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What Is Elegance in Science?

Elegance in science

Astrophysicists, art critics, biologists, and tennis fans seek to define the indefinable.

Credit: Boyoun Kim

In 1957, a few years after Francis Crick co-discovered the DNA double helix and a few years before he co-won a Nobel Prize for doing so, he published a paper on the genetic provenance of amino acids, the organic compounds that make proteins, and therefore life, possible.

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