Letters to A Young Scientist

Letters to A Young Scientist

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Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career—both his successes and his failures—and his motivations for becoming a biologist. At a time in human history when our survival is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill, but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the oceans’ depths, Wilson instills a love of the innate creativity of science and a respect for the human being’s modest place in the planet’s ecosystem in his readers.
Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation.

Baker & Taylor
A Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and the author of two New York Times best-sellers weaves together more than 20 letters that highlight his childhood and career and why he became a biologist in the hopes of inspiring today's young people into similar pursuits.

Baker
& Taylor

Weaves together more than twenty letters that illuminate the author's career and his motivations for becoming a biologist, explaining how success in the sciences depends on a passion for finding a problem and solving it.

Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, c2013
ISBN: 9780871403773
Branch Call Number: 570.92 WIL
Characteristics: 244 p. :,ill., ports. ;,19 cm.

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noah8956 Nov 18, 2014

woohoo!

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kennethbhill
Jul 31, 2014

Several people suggested this book to me, and I'm glad I read it. It is an easy ready, and a very inspirational piece for anyone who has that hidden scientist inside them that has been unwilling to let it out and follow their scientific passion. There are also hidden thoughts on biodiversity and evolution that I wish got a bit more coverage.

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nparrish
Mar 28, 2014

Absolutely one of the best books I ever read, by one of the greatest scientists in the world. An easy read where I learned a lot. Might not be for everyone, but definitely for everyone interested in science. I only wish it was longer!...But now I'm working on one of his other books, "Superorganism", which is huge.

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