The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize: Advice for Young Scientists / Edition 1

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In The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize, Doherty recounts his unlikely path to becoming a Nobel Laureate. Beginning with his humble origins in Australia, he tells how he developed an interest in immunology and describes his award-winning, influential work with Rolf Zinkernagel on T-cells and the nature of immune defense. In prose that is at turns amusing and astute, Doherty reveals how his nonconformist upbringing, sense of being an outsider, and search for different perspectives have shaped his life and work.

Doherty offers a rare, insider's look at the realities of being a research scientist. He lucidly explains his own scientific work and how research projects are selected, funded, and organized; the major problems science is trying to solve; and the rewards and pitfalls of a career in scientific research. For Doherty, science still plays an important role in improving the world, and he argues that scientists need to do a better job of making their work more accessible to the public.

Throughout the book, Doherty explores the stories of past Nobel winners and considers some of the crucial scientific debates of our time, including the safety of genetically modified foods and the tensions between science and religion. He concludes with some "tips" on how to win a Nobel Prize, including advice on being persistent, generous, and culturally aware, and he stresses the value of evidence. The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Noble Prize is essential reading for anyone interested in a career in science.

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Editorial Reviews
A highly readable introduction to the modern world of scientific research.

— Mary Powers


Important to any aspiring scientist.

Los Angeles Times
A charmingly homely account of his own unlikely path toward this pinnacle.

— Margaret Wertheim


Doherty opens the vault to the world of science.

Journal of the American Medical Association

The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize is an interesting and useful read for up-and-coming scientists.

Laser Focus World
This extended and amusing memoir does show how the path to a Nobel can be rocky and winding.

— Jeff Bairstow - Mary Powers

A highly readable introduction to the modern world of scientific research.

Los Angeles Times - Margaret Wertheim

A charmingly homely account of his own unlikely path toward this pinnacle.

Laser Focus World - Jeff Bairstow

This extended and amusing memoir does show how the path to a Nobel can be rocky and winding.


Doherty opens the vault to the world of science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231138963
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter C. Doherty was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1996. He is currently operating active research programs at both St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and the University of Melbourne.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 The Swedish Effect 9 The Science Culture 26 This Scientific Life 57 A Science Story 94 Personal Discoveries and New Commitments 140 The Next American Century? 159 Science and Religion 189 Discovering the Future 215 How to Win a Nobel Prize 238 Appendix 1 256 Appendix 2 263Abbreviations 280 Index 286

Columbia University Press

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