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Forget Newton, Darwin and Einstein. The greatest scientist of the millennium was Alfred Kinsey

By Thomas Barlow   January 2000

Millennial fever has been spreading through the scientific societies. The primary symptom is a fad among society journals to survey readers with the question: who was the greatest scientist of the millennium?

Anyone with sense must know that this is a question without an answer, so I am surprised that scientists, trained to ask questions with answers, have indulged it. Yet they have, in large numbers. Indeed, it occurs to me that there are now more scientists thinking about this than at any other time in history.

Despite my reservations, then, not wanting to miss out on any great movement…

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