Advice for a Young Investigator

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MIT Press, Feb 27, 2004 - Science - 176 pages
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Santiago Ramón 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 Histology 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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There are highly cultivated, wonderfully endowed minds whose wills suffer from a particular form of lethargy [...]. When faced with a difficult problem, they feel an irresistible urge to formulate a ... Read full review

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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 Some may find some of his views outdated, but he ...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


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