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Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation. Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. *Starred Review* “What is this grand enterprise called Apps Kindle Singles Newsstand Accessories Content and Devices Kindle Support Advanced Search · Kindle Store; ›; Kindle eBooks; ›; Science & Math. Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation. Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of .
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Download at ==>>ppti.info?book= Letters to a Young Scientist read ebook Online PDF EPUB KINDLE Letters to a. 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. Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation. Edward O. Wilson has.
Granted that many in the humanities, as if in a bunker, fiercely defend their isolation. Yet however much the humanities enrich our lives, however definitively they defend what it means to be human, they also limit thought to that which is human, and in this one important sense they are trapped within a box.
I don't know any one in the humanities who views their field as isolated from the science and technology in the world around us. If anything, the best parts of the humanities help us make moral, ethical, and spiritual sense of our ever changing reality which is increasingly based on science and technology. There are plenty of books and artworks that are from the perspective of non-humans, so that critique of being trapped in a human box rings hollow.
This is the classic mistake of a scientist confusing the practice of science: The latter is not an integral part of the scientific community, it is a value judgment that society should make all decisions based on science because that is the 'best' approach to being human.
He goes on to obliquely attack science fiction as being not based on science, and then writes his own "science fiction" paragraph about supertermites, which, if it was a book, would be the most terrible science fiction writing I've ever read. Dec 04, Jordan Myers rated it really liked it. Everyone who has taken an ecology class has heard of E. Wilson, and as a Zoology major in school I had to learn all about his theory of island biogeography. I saw this book a couple months ago and decided to grab it because I'm attempting to get into graduate school as a lower GPA student.
I've been very discouraged thus far and thought this book might give me the encouragement I needed. For the most part, it did. The book does a great job of rousing the inner scientist and dreamer in you. A l Everyone who has taken an ecology class has heard of E. A lot of his advice was very useful, and he has a lot of examples to guide you along. The only thing keeping this from being a 5-star book, in my opinion, is the fact that some of his examples are dated. Wilson basically stumbled into a field where no one was doing anything and he was able to make great strides, create new departments, and went straight from backwoods Alabama to Harvard.
That was fairly plausible in the 40s and 50s, but not anymore. Some of what he says is timeless: You're judged now, more than ever, on how much money you can bring and how good your grades were. I would love to have the ease of entering academia from the s without all the blatant racism and with modern knowledge, but that's just the dreamer in me again. But that dreamer just finished the book and is going to use its lessons to continue on toward his goals.
Feb 26, Jay rated it really liked it Shelves: The title is correct, this is a book aimed to convince a young person, probably in high school, to continue their studies as a scientist. The author really puts things in perspective of his own life as an ant researcher at Harvard.
A few decades back when I was in high school, I was the target market for this book, a kid interested in science and interested in ants. I even had put together a game of different ant species warring with each other. Ends up I was more interested in building things, The title is correct, this is a book aimed to convince a young person, probably in high school, to continue their studies as a scientist.
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Ends up I was more interested in building things, like that game, and in technology - I went down the engineering path. Had I read this book then, though, I may well have switched majors. He makes the case that science, and especially biology, can do good in the world. It is his closing argument, and he makes it strong. He pointed out some valuable benefits in science careers, like being able to research in labs or do work in the field, variety that I value more now.
And he subtly points out that working for money shouldn't be the main reason to enter any career. So given that I think this could change minds, or at least provide comfort to those deciding to start on a science career, this is a very useful book. Won in Goodreads First Reads contest. Jan 18, Cass rated it it was ok. I was surprisingly disappointed with this book.
As an aspiring scientist, ant-lover, and E. Wilson admirer, I thought it was all going for me, but I had to force myself through it. This book read as a series of badly strung anecdotes that offered vague guidance for a specific field but not always entomology.
It was unclear who the audience was throughout the whole book- if it was undergrads seeking a future in science like me, grad students hoping to become famous scientists, or young student I was surprisingly disappointed with this book. It was unclear who the audience was throughout the whole book- if it was undergrads seeking a future in science like me, grad students hoping to become famous scientists, or young students like my 8th grade cousin who could use a little prompting to focus on science.
Aug 20, Ray rated it really liked it Shelves: I've read a few science books lately and you can't get through too many without references to E. Wilson, a legend in the field of biology.
I finally decided to pick up one of Wilson's own books and "Letters to a Young Scientist" is a pretty good place to start. The best parts of it read like you're listening to a grandfatherly man looking back on his career and imparting whatever lessons he's learned to help the next generation of scientists. I was honestly surprised that Wilson is still alive I've read a few science books lately and you can't get through too many without references to E.
I was honestly surprised that Wilson is still alive and kicking. He just seemed so revered in other books that I figured he was a titan from decades past. He's 88 now.
Letters to a Young Scientist
The first few chapters were a look back at his own start - amateur explorations of nearby fields, stumps, trees and bays of Mobile, AL. This was the grandfatherly part and he seemed to honestly want to encourage the next generation of young scientists and thinkers to find a passion and stick with it through the inevitable challenges.
The world needs you - badly" he says right on the cover. Other parts really dig into the details of his career studying ants, which does make sense as he's the world's leading expert on the subject.
Even in the most dense parts, though, you're never too far from a memorable anecdote. This was a good intro to E.
Wilson and I may do some additional looking to see what else in his large bibliography may be worth a read. This book, published in , lists 28 other books to chose from. Mar 01, tonia peckover rated it liked it. Edward O Wilson brings his substantial experience to this set of letters to young people who are interested in the sciences. Speaking mostly from his experience as an evolutionary biologist specializing in ants, he dispels a lot of myths about who can be a scientist you don't necessarily need to be good at math!
His passion for his own research leads him off into tangents occasionally, but those are also some of the most interesting chapte Edward O Wilson brings his substantial experience to this set of letters to young people who are interested in the sciences.
His passion for his own research leads him off into tangents occasionally, but those are also some of the most interesting chapters as he explains how he and his partners discovered rare ants in remote jungles or puzzled out the workings of pheromones.
There are moments of tone-deafness, as when he dismisses faith, or all of the humanities, but those moments are brief. I think this book could be highly encouraging for young people in high school or beginning college who want to enter the sciences. Feb 03, Adam Neve rated it it was ok Shelves: Edward Wilson is an interesting and influential figure in science.
This book is neither of those things. It is more rambling reminiscence than practical guide and though you tend to enjoy the feeling that you are sitting on Wilson's porch, sipping sweet tea, while he tells you how he learned everything there is to know about ants, you leave knowing that not much of what you've heard is going to serve any actual purpose when you return to the real world.
I liked the book, it was definitely interesting. However , the title and the premise of the book is extremely misleading, it primarily addresses experimentalists , particularly biologists. I got the feeling that Wilson simply wanted to tell some of the stories about his scientific career and somehow used this book as an excuse to do it.
Feb 05, Sachin Bhatia added it. The world is a mysterious place. Feb 28, Mr. Un libro que ha llegado en el momento adecuado, muy personal y cercano y sobre todo inspirador, much needed: Jun 22, Hind rated it liked it Shelves: Otherwise, the book is pretty good.
Feb 06, Bryan rated it really liked it. It is a great book for scientists. Apr 02, Gabriela Galeano rated it it was ok. I bought this book after perusing the bookshelves at a local Books A Million for an hour and a half. Letters to a Young Scientist - what a promising title!
I really thought I was going to love this book, but I have to admit that it fell short in several areas for me.
On the positive side, I appreciated Wils I bought this book after perusing the bookshelves at a local Books A Million for an hour and a half. I also appreciated his emphasis on the importance of science in public affairs and the role of scientists as storytellers of truth , which I found very compelling.
He brings in several anecdotal examples that drive his points home as well. I do think some of these field-specific parts could have been greatly reduced, however, or at the very least, generalized to be more relatable to other science fields. What was lacking in the book was a discussion of how the science and research environments have changed since he started out as a scientist he started his PhD in !
Wilson is very optimistic throughout the book, but there is no serious discussion about the crippling debt many young scientists find themselves in, or rapidly decreasing academic jobs, or the super competitive research funding environments, and the list goes on. And how ridiculous!
On the one hand, he argues that scientists are storytellers and creative thinkers who are inspired by their imagination. And yet, he belittles the role of religions and systems of beliefs in human behavior, a massive area of scientific inquiry i.
I wondered how Wilson could ignore how religious and spiritual beliefs influence conceptualizations of the world, for instance? The list goes on.
Furthermore, he says: I thought this book was just another example of how the social and behavioral sciences are overlooked and underestimated — a total shame. My last comment has to do with the lack of discussion on ethics in science.
In reading about some of the work he'd done, I wondered about how ethical some of the studies were, for instance, the complete displacement of flora and fauna on small islands to study recolonization. This may totally be my ignorance of ecological and biogeographical research or the different context we find ourselves in today imagine getting that through a review board today!
I would have liked to see a thorough discussion on ethics given that can be one of the factors inhibiting some people from pursing science careers, too. There were about pages i. I really wanted to be 'swept off my feet' by this book Jun 15, Anna rated it liked it.
Dec 11, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: I will be honest, I wasn't paying much attention during the last hour of so.
This book is full of interesting advice, but they are better to devour slowly, part by part. And I just tried to finish the book faster and ended up with a burned stew of ideas in my head. May 15, Ilib4kids rated it liked it Shelves: It is actually memoir by giving some advice on his own life experience. I read one comments on this book, one claims it should be called "how to become a field biology", not very good to be instruction like to be a physicist.
Maybe it is true, the spirit to become a scientist remain unchanged. He is acknowledged as the creator of two scientific disciplines island biogeography and sociobiology , three unifying concepts for science and humanities jointly biophilia, biodiversity He is acknowledged as the creator of two scientific disciplines island biogeography and sociobiology , three unifying concepts for science and humanities jointly biophilia, biodiversity studies, consilience and one major technological advance in the study of global biodiversity the Encyclopedia of Life Encyclopedia of Life eol.
First passion, then training 2. It is far easier for scientists, including medical researchers, to require needed collaboration in mathematics and statistics than it is for mathematicians and statisticians to find scientists able to make use of their equations.
For every scientist, whether researcher, technician, teacher, manager or businessman, working at any level of mathematical competence, there exists a discipline in science or medicine for which that level is enough to achieve excellence.
March away from the sound of the guns. Observe from a distance, but do not join the fray. Make a fray of your own. Once you have settled on a specialty, and the profession you can love, and you've secured opportunity, your potential to succeed will be greatly enhanced if you study it enough to become an expert. In the attempt to make scientific discoveries, every problem is an opportunity, and the more difficult the problem, the greater will be the importance of its solution.
For every problem in a given discipline of science, there exists a species or entity or phenomenon ideal for its solution. And conversely, for every species or other entity or phenomenon, there exist important problems for the solution of which, those particular objects of research are ideally suited. The creative process 4. What is science? The creative Process 6.
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Like this presentation? Why not share! Perhaps—to some—the notion of crushing the head of a little bee and destroying its organs is commonplace. His defense that a worker bee has only the lifetime of a month does little to help—the monarch butterflies live similarly brief lifestyles, and I do not think ep I wanted to like this.
His defense that a worker bee has only the lifetime of a month does little to help—the monarch butterflies live similarly brief lifestyles, and I do not think ephemerality implies insignificance. He is not a philosopher of ethics, so I suppose I cannot fully expect sophisticated moral reasoning again, the fact that a worker bee is "one of thousands" is not a reason to kill it—I, too, am one of many. Maybe it is a flaw with systemizing thinkers at large.
I have a deep respect for the systemizing impulse, but the existence of an immortal will certainly does not imply that the individual has no worth. Keep in mind that innovators in both literature and science are basically dreamers and storytellers. To be sure, Wilson pushes for a greater understanding of the scientific community by the youth of his homeland. He touches on how misunderstood the sciences have become to both our students and the institutions which teach them.
However, the overarching argument in "Letters to a Young Scientist" is not actually directed at the pr "Letters to a Young Scientist" might easily be mistaken as a call for young Americans to take up arms on the scientific battlefield in the fight to conquer the unknown. However, the overarching argument in "Letters to a Young Scientist" is not actually directed at the privileged class of young people lucky enough to enter the wealthy institutions of higher learning in the richest country in the world.
Actually, just like his work in biodiversity, Wilson casts a wide net, pleading to any and all who will listen about the dire need the human species is facing in the realm of science.Jeffrey Archer. Letters to a Young Scientist Edward O.
Letters to a Young Scientist
ISBN - Nicholas Sparks. Lisa Genova. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: I would recommend this book as a gift to any high school graduate entering into the field of science!