Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Advice to a Young Scientist


This is about a book review about a book named 'Advice to a young Scientist' by Sir P. B. Medawar, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery work in 'discovery of acquired immunological tolerance'. 

In this book, Sir Medawar wrote what he view as good advice for young scientist and also mentioned some common concerns about being a scientist. In the case of Sir Medawar, he is talking for scientist in general, as in without specific field. However, having his background from the life sciences, it was an inspiration to learn some wisdom from the master. He deflates the myth of genius, intelligence, superiority in a life of being scientist, instead he thinks what thrives are those who are curious, with common sense and inquiring mind. That was especially emphasize in the chapter of whether one was cut out as a scientist. 

Not only that, Sir Medawar went on in giving advice on different aspect of a scientist' life such as presentations, paper, character and even development around other fellow scientists, be it younger or older. 

Why I like this book is that it is a truly down-to-earth advice book, without much flattery or colourful words. I could feel the truthfulness of his advice and their practical-ness. If you are a scientist, or if you are planning to be one, or if you want to understand what it is like to be a scientist, this is a great book. The advice might not be able to apply hundred percent on someone from another field, but there are some which are quite useful even though as a person.

Will I recommend it? Yes, definitely!

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