Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science

Avoid Boring People

Lessons from a Life in Science

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ISBN10: 0375412840 ISBN13: 9780375412844 Publisher: Random House Inc Published: Sep 25 2007 Pages: 347 Weight: 1.60lbs. Height: 9.75" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.25" Edition: 1st Edition Language: English

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A true believer in the intellectual promise of youth, Watson offers specific pointers to beginning scientists about choosing the projects that will shape their careers, the supreme importance of collegiality, and dealing with competitors within the same institution, even one who is a former mentor. Finally he addresses himself to the role and needs of science at large universities in the context of discussing theunceremonious departure of Harvard's president Larry Summers and the search for his successor. Scorning political correctness, this irreverent romp through Watson's life and learning is an indispensable guide to anyone plotting a career in science (or most anything else), a primer addressed both to the next generation and those who are entrusted with their minds.

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