Lawrence P. Lessing is an award-winning science writer.
A native of Buffalo, New York, he started his career as a newspaper man in Pittsburgh. There he was a correspondent for Time Magazine. He was a long-time member of the board of editors of Fortune Magazine, where he contributed articles on electronics, jet propulsion, automation, metallurgy.
From 1953 to 1955, he was an editor and contributor to Scientific American. Lessing won the 1965 AAAS-Westinghouse Science Journalism Award for his article in Fortune on the causes of earthquakes. Lessing is the author of three books, Man of High Fidelity: Edwin Howard Armstrong (1956), Understanding Chemistry (1957), and DNA: at the core of life itself (1967). He was for some time on the editorial board of Fortune Magazine and was a vigorous opponent of government interference with and distortion of scientific fact (see, for instance, his essay "In Defense of Science", and "Man of High Fidelity").
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“In a universe that is all gradations of matter, from gross to fine to finer, so that we end up with everything we are composed of in a lattice, a grid, a mesh, a mist, where particles or movements so small we cannot observe them are held in a strict and accurate web, that is nevertheless nonexistent to the eyes we use for ordinary livingin this system of fine and finer, where then is the substance of a thought?”
—Doris Lessing (b. 1919)