Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson

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The take-home message is that enthusiasm, creativity, curiosity and persistence are the keys to success. Glows with one man’s love for science.
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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. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career—both his successes and his failures—and his motivations for becoming a biologist. At a time in human history when our survival is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill, but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the oceans’ depths, Wilson instills a love of the innate creativity of science and a respect for the human being’s modest place in the planet’s ecosystem in his readers.
 

About Edward O. Wilson

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Edward O. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Social Conquest of Earth and Anthill: A Novel, as well as the Pulitzer Prize–winning On Human Nature and (with Bert Hölldobler) The Ants. For his contributions in science and conservation, he has received more than one hundred awards from around the world. A professor emeritus at Harvard University, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
 
Published April 15, 2013 by Liveright. 246 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Feb 06 2013

The take-home message is that enthusiasm, creativity, curiosity and persistence are the keys to success. Glows with one man’s love for science.

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Reviewed by Bill Streever on May 31 2013

Readers will find encouragement and inspirational maxims scattered throughout the book...

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Reviewed by Adam Rutherford on Jun 15 2013

Lay readers might find it heavy going. But it's not really for scientists, other than aspiring entomologists. Non-biologists will either know the general principles of the scientific method, or will not relate to the many tales of ant fieldwork...

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Reviewed by Adam Rutherford on Jun 16 2013

But in this terribly frustrating book, nuggets of scientific wisdom are buried among proud, self-congratulatory, ant-based anecdotes.

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