Brother Juniper’s Inconclusive Experiment: A Poetic History of the H-2 Complex

  • Jan Klein
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 144)


Brother Juniper, as every college graduate knows, is the hero of Thornton Wilder’s novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey. As he witnessed the collapse of a centuries-old Inca bridge, which brought about the death of five travellers, he saw in this terrible accident a chance to prove that God has a reason for every disaster He sends. The poor fellow then spent the rest of his life collecting evidence to prove that the presence of the travellers on the bridge was not fortuitous. Alas, Brother Juniper failed in his experiment. He managed to convince himself, but his friends, not to mention his enemies and the Church authorities, remained unimpressed, and he was promptly burned at the stake for heresy.


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  • Jan Klein
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  1. 1.Immungenetik, Correnstrasse 42Max-Planck-Institut für Biologie, AbteilungTübingenFederal Republic of Germany

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