A friend mentions that Physics Today (February 2001) offered several articles on the life of Wolfgang Pauli (1900–1958, Nobel Prize, Physics 1945), who was considered by scientists such as Max Born to be the 20th century’s greatest physicist. In one of the articles Engelbert Schucking In one of the articles Engelbert Schucking recalls talking to Pauli in 1958. Among other things,
Pauli asked me whether I thought the evolution of life could be explained by random mutations. I said yes, citing the resistance of bacteria to penicillin and mosquitoes to DDT. If this can happen in just a few years, why shouldn’t a trilobite, in 500 million years, evolve into a Pauli? He had heard these arguments before and wasn’t convinced by them. Pauli wanted to see calculated probabilities for large-scale evolution.
Fast forward to the Biologic Institute?
See also: He said it: Nobel Prize winner Wolfgang Pauli was a staunch critic of neo-Darwinism