Should Rolling Stones Worry About Gathering Moss?

  • Munishwar Nath Gupta Department of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology Indian Institute of Technology Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016, India


The Latin version of the proverb “A rolling stone gathers no moss” is included by Erasmus in the third
volume of his collection of Latin proverbs, Adagia, in 1508. Mosses grow slowly and moving the stone on
which they are growing inhibits their growth. The proverb has come to mean that for prospering, one
should settle down. Does it mean that scientific productivity requires one to restrict himself/herself to
a particular area?