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Great Understatement

Modesty goes far — especially when one has just done something extraordinary. Witness this sentence in the paper that first explained the structure of DNA:

It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material.

What a gentle, memorable way to underscore an amazing discovery!

(J. D. Watson and F. H. C. Crick, "A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid", Nature 171, 737–738 (1953); for an annotated version see [1] ...) - ^z - 2011-05-04