The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis (Article Review)

The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis by A.M. Turing. Philisophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, Vol. 237, No. 641 (Aug 14, 1952), pp. 37-72.


It’s Christmas Day, and I can think of no better way to honor and praise the prophet of love and peace that was Jesus Christ with some focussed study on empirical pillars in science, our great collective hope to translate abstract ideals like love and heaven into lived realities in our material reality. I was also raised in a house where we would wake up early on Christmas Day and sneak into the living room to see what Santa had left us, and this article by Alan Turing is what I, as my own Santa (and aren’t we all?), had placed in my stocking this year.

Alan Turing is a thinker I’ve admired from a distance, both for his intellect and impact (Bletchly Park ya’ll. That shit was dope!). He is also someone I hold vigil for, as I contend he was murdered by his government and therefore I’d venture to say he is a science martyr. Yes, technically he was chemically castrated by his government for being gay (ostensibly) and then subsequently committed suicide, but when you push someone and weeks later that action spirals into them falling onto the floor, I hold you energetically accountable for knocking them down. We owe it to Turing to study his research and burn his legacy bright into our imaginations.