Avoid Boring People by James D. Watson
Lessons from a Life in Science

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From Nobel Prize-winning scientist James D. Watson, a living legend for his work unlocking the structure of DNA, comes this candid and entertaining memoir, filled with practical advice for those starting out their academic careers.
 
In Avoid Boring People, Watson lays down a life’s wisdom for getting ahead in a competitive world. Witty and uncompromisingly honest, he shares his thoughts on how young scientists should choose the projects that will shape their careers, the supreme importance of collegiality, and dealing with competitors within the same institution. It’s an irreverent romp through Watson’s colorful career and an indispensable guide to anyone interested in nurturing the life of the mind.


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About James D. Watson

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James D. Watson, together with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is Chancellor Emeritus of the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Alexander Gann (the Lita Annenberg Hazen Dean-Elect) is a member of the faculty of the Watson School of Biological Sciences. Jan Witkowski (Executive Director, Banbury Center) is a member of the faculty of the Watson School of Biological Sciences.
 
Published March 25, 2009 by Vintage. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science & Math, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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Watson again confronts Harvard with the need to beef up basic science only to face Larry Summers and later Derek Bok, who had distinctly other ideas—though Watson does not fault Summers for his conjecture on women in science.

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The book ends in Paris when the author has just turned 25, feeling old as he eyes the young women near St.-Germain-des-Prés, “knowing they were not for me.” Watson’s next popular book, “Genes, Girls, and Gamow” (that’s George Gamow, the ebullient Ukrainian-born physicist who worked on the genetic...

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A Life Decoded: My Genome - My Life by J Craig Venter 390pp, Allen Lane, £25 Avoid Boring People and Other Lessons from a Life in Science by James D Watson 347pp, Oxford, £14.99 "Swimming with one arm while being tumbled by 10 to 12ft waves and holding on to a writhing snake is not something ...

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Avoid Boring People by James D Watson Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop "A major reason for writing autobiography is to prevent later b...

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San Francisco Chronicle

A prominent New York scientific laboratory suspended Nobel Prize-winning DNA authority Dr. James Watson on October 18, 2007 night over racially insensitive comments he was quoted as making in an interview earlier in the week.

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