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Advice for a Young Investigator : A Bradford Book - Santiago Ramon y Cajal

Advice for a Young Investigator

A Bradford Book

By: Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Neely Swanson (Translator), L. W. Swanson (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9780262681506
Number Of Pages: 176
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Santiago Ramon 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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"In my own view, some advice about what should be known, about what technical education should be acquired, about the intense motivation needed to succeed, and about the carelessness and inclination toward bias that must be avoided is far more useful than all the rules and warnings of theoretical logic." - Santiago Ramon y Cajal"

Forewordp. vii
Preface to the second editionp. xiii
Preface to the third editionp. xvii
Preface to the fourth editionp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Thoughts about general methods
Abstract rules are sterile
Need to enlighten the mind and strengthen resolve
Organization of the book
Beginner's Trapsp. 9
Undue admiration of authority
The most important problems are already solved
Preoccupation with applied science
Perceived lack of ability
Intellectual Qualitiesp. 29
Independent judgment
Passion for reputation
Taste for scientific originality
What Newcomers to Biological Research Should Knowp. 53
General education
The need for specialization
Foreign languages
How monographs should be read
The absolute necessity of seeking inspiration in nature
Mastery of technique
In search of original data
Diseases of the Willp. 75
Bibliophiles and polyglots
Instrument addicts
Social Factors Beneficial to Scientific Workp. 89
Material support
Having a profession and doing research work are compatible
The investigator and his family
Stages of Scientific Researchp. 111
Working hypotheses
On Writing Scientific Papersp. 125
Justification for scientific contributions
Justice and courtesy in decisions
Description of methods
The need for illustrations
The publication of scientific works
The Investigator as Teacherp. 137
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ISBN: 9780262681506
ISBN-10: 0262681501
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23