Is it possible to be passionate about politics, football or hip hop and still be a creative scientist? In this witty and passionate account of life as one of the world's leading scientists, the Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Doherty offers readers an insider's guide into just what research scientists do all day. Along the way he answers some of the great questions of our age.
Doherty argues that few of us understand how science works, or what motivates those who do it for a living. The urge to discover and to experiment is one of the most basic human drives and yet not everyone is intrigued by discovery. So how do we decide if we belong in the camp of the conservatives or the innovators?
The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize argues the case for engaged science, for integrity, creativity and the principle of working for the common good.
About the Author
Peter Doherty was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1996, and was named Australian of the Year in 1997. He is one of only two Australian Nobel Laureates, or noble lorikeet as his grand daughter calls him, and the only one living in Australia. Born in Brisbane, he is now residing in Melbourne. Doherty spends several months each year travelling the world speaking at international conferences on Medicine and World Health issues. The Guardian newspaper has recently identified Doherty as a leading authority on such major health issues as the Bird Flu pandemic and the re-emergence of polio. In May 2005, he was voted in the Herald Sun as one of the twenty most trusted Australian personalities.
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 1st June 2006
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.348