Becoming a Successful Scientist

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $19.90
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 50%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $19.90   
  • New (9) from $27.98   
  • Used (4) from $19.90   


Scientific research requires both innovation and attention to detail, clever breakthroughs, and routine procedures. This indispensable guide gives students and researchers across all scientific disciplines practical advice on how to succeed. All types of scientific careers are discussed, from those in industry and academia to consulting, with emphasis on how scientists spend their time and the skills that are needed to be productive. Strategic thinking, creativity, and problem-solving, the central keys to success in research, are all explored. The reader is shown how to enhance the creative process in science; how one goes about making discoveries; putting together the solution to a complex problem; and then testing the solution obtained. The social dimension of science is also discussed from the development and execution of a scientific research program to publishing papers, as well as issues of ethics and science policy.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I’ve never read a book quite like this one, it was complex, very well considered and will be helpful to those who are interested in maximizing their career experience from both a personal satisfaction and scientific productivity angle.... It’s thought provoking read which has the ability to genuinely help guide you in a science career."
- Jeff Id, The Air Vent
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521735063
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2010
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Loehle is Principal Scientist at the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement. His published work has spanned topics including forestry, ecology, conservation, statistics, simulation, climate change and optimization. He is the author of Thinking Strategically (Cambridge University Press, 1996).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

1 A science career 1

1.1 Why science? 8

1.2 The life of a scientist 14

2 The inner game of science 23

2.1 Strategic creativity 24

2.2 Discovery as a process 52

2.3 Strategic problem solving 64

2.4 Reality check 80

2.5 A matter of style 104

2.6 Attitude: the inner strategist 117

2.7 Strategic thinking exercises 125

3 Scientific discovery in practice 130

3.1 Problem finding 132

3.2 Analysis: tools of thought 149

3.3 Solutions: getting a grip 173

4 The social dimension of science 208

4.1 Conducting a research program 208

4.2 Ethics 214

4.3 Publishing 221

4.4 Science informing policy: the myth of objective science advice 227

5 Summary: the strategic approach to science 238

References 245

Index 248

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)