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The Resource Letters to a young scientist, Edward O. Wilson

Letters to a young scientist, Edward O. Wilson

Label
Letters to a young scientist
Title
Letters to a young scientist
Statement of responsibility
Edward O. Wilson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
At a time when the survival of our species and the rest of the living world is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Pulitzer-Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, both young and old alike. Throughout his storied career, Wilson has counseled thousands of talented young people, and as a result has gleaned a deep knowledge, indeed a philosophy, of what one needs to know to have a successful career in science. In Letters to a Young Scientist, he lays out not just his practical advice for how the next generation can succeed, but why it is so vitally important that they do. Wilson threads these twenty letters with richly illustrated autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career--both his successes and his failures--and his motivations for becoming a biologist. Beginning with his own coming-of-age in Mobile, Alabama, Wilson reflects on his adolescence as an enthusiastic Boy Scout, resolved to spend as much of his free time as possible outdoors, exploring the swamps and forests of the Gulf Coast and cataloging its many spiders, ants, snakes, and butterflies. Determined at first to reach the rank of Eagle Scout and then later to become an entomologist. Wilson describes an early passion tempered by education as being a guiding force in forging the arc of a career. Letters to a Young Scientist includes advice on choosing a field of study, finding a mentor, and the application of scientific theory in the real world. Yet Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill or even a high IQ, but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. He calls more broadly for a synthesis of the sciences and humanities in the twenty-first century that can inspire a generation of young people, encourage their innate creativity, and set them to work solving the problems that previous generations have woefully ignored
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilson, Edward O
Dewey number
570.92
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
QH31.W64
LC item number
A4 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wilson, Edward O.
  • Biologists
  • Naturalists
  • Science
Label
Letters to a young scientist, Edward O. Wilson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
You made the right choice -- The path to follow. First passion, then training ; Mathematics ; The path to follow -- The creative process. What is science? ; The creative process ; What it takes ; Most likely to succeed ; I never changed ; Archetypes of the scientific mind ; Scientists as explorers of the universe -- A life in science. A mentor and the start of a career ; The grails of field biology ; A celebration of audacity ; Know your subject, thoroughly -- Theory and the big picture. Science as universal knowledge ; Searching for new worlds on Earth ; The making of theories ; Biological theory on a grand scale ; Theory in the real world -- Truth and ethics. The scientific ethic
Control code
1411900
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
244 p.
Isbn
9780871403773
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012051412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.,
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1411900
  • (OCoLC)812254231
Label
Letters to a young scientist, Edward O. Wilson
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
You made the right choice -- The path to follow. First passion, then training ; Mathematics ; The path to follow -- The creative process. What is science? ; The creative process ; What it takes ; Most likely to succeed ; I never changed ; Archetypes of the scientific mind ; Scientists as explorers of the universe -- A life in science. A mentor and the start of a career ; The grails of field biology ; A celebration of audacity ; Know your subject, thoroughly -- Theory and the big picture. Science as universal knowledge ; Searching for new worlds on Earth ; The making of theories ; Biological theory on a grand scale ; Theory in the real world -- Truth and ethics. The scientific ethic
Control code
1411900
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
244 p.
Isbn
9780871403773
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012051412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.,
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1411900
  • (OCoLC)812254231

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