Advice for a Young Investigator / Edition 1

Advice for a Young Investigator / Edition 1

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by Santiago Ram?n y Cajal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262681501

ISBN-13: 9780262681506

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: MIT Press

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

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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 rediscovered classic, first published in 1897, is a still-relevant anecdotal guide that offers timeless advice not only for the new investigator but for the old pro as well. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262681506
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
556,919
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Preface to the second editionxiii
Preface to the third editionxvii
Preface to the fourth editionxix
1.Introduction1
Thoughts about general methods
Abstract rules are sterile
Need to enlighten the mind and strengthen resolve
Organization of the book
2.Beginner's Traps9
Undue admiration of authority
The most important problems are already solved
Preoccupation with applied science
Perceived lack of ability
3.Intellectual Qualities29
Independent judgment
Concentration
Passion for reputation
Patriotism
Taste for scientific originality
4.What Newcomers to Biological Research Should Know53
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
5.Diseases of the Will75
Contemplators
Bibliophiles and polyglots
Megalomaniacs
Instrument addicts
Misfits
Theorists
6.Social Factors Beneficial to Scientific Work89
Material support
Having a profession and doing research work are compatible
The investigator and his family
7.Stages of Scientific Research111
Observation
Experimentation
Working hypotheses
Proof
8.On Writing Scientific Papers125
Justification for scientific contributions
Bibliography
Justice and courtesy in decisions
Description of methods
Conclusions
The need for illustrations
Style
The publication of scientific works
9.The Investigator as Teacher137

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