This Sunday's New York Times devoted an entire article to Nancy Hopkins, a professor of molecular biology at MIT and member of the National Academy of Sciences. She is an accomplished researcher, who spent many Saturday nights working, and never building up much of a social life. "That's what was required for women of my generation to be taken seriously, " said Hopkins, 64, who has linkurl:written about women in science; on our pages. But the linkurl:article; wasn't about her work. One weekend in 2004, she agreed to put her science aside for a brief vacation on a private island in Ontario with friends. A charming now 63-year old man who is partner at a New York law firm picked her up at the airport, and it was linkurl:instant; chemistry. Both were nervous, so they didn't get past polite talk during the weekend. Hopkins boarded her return flight thinking the...

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