“Consider the toothpicks. If we drop them on the ground and let them scatter randomly, they will have no shape and will thus be uninformative.”
To evolve a protein, Douglas Axe draws a comparison to seeking out — blindfolded! — a particular atom secreted away somewhere in the Milky Way.
In his new book he discusses some of the overlooked virtues of politicians, and asks, in one chapter, “What Makes a Politician Good?”