Advice for a Young Investigator

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MIT Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 150 pages
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Santiago Ram n y Cajal was a mythic figure in science. Hailed as the father of modern anatomy and neurobiology, he was largely responsible for the modern conception of the brain. His groundbreaking works were New Ideas on the Structure of the Nervous System and H istology of the Nervous System in Man and Vertebrates. In addition to leaving a legacy of unparalleled scientific research, Cajal sought to educate the novice scientist about how science was done and how he thought it should be done. This recently rediscovered classic, first published in 1897, is an anecdotal guide for the perplexed new investigator as well as a refreshing resource for the old pro.

Cajal was a pragmatist, aware of the pitfalls of being too idealistic -- and he had a sense of humor, particularly evident in his diagnoses of various stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The book covers everything from valuable personality traits for an investigator to social factors conducive to scientific work.


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User Review  - Yiggy - LibraryThing

Despite this books age it was still very insightful and inspiring. I only wish I'd read it at the beginning of my college career as opposed to the end. Some may find some of his views outdated, but he ... Read full review


Beginners Traps
Intellectual Qualities
What Newcomers to Biological Research Should
Diseases of the Will
Social Factors Beneficial to Scientific Work
Stages of Scientific Research
On Writing Scientific Papers
The Investigator as Teacher

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