Edward O. Wilson's science masterworks are behind him, but the author of Sociobiology, On Human Nature and The Ants still has much to share with young people. Indeed, his Letters to a Young Scientist mines wisdom accrued in his six decades of teaching, research, and writing. Modeled loosely on Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, this majestically personal book reflects both the deep humanity and graceful erudition of its famed author. (P.S. This two-time nonfiction Pulitzer Prize-winning author ranks as one of the finest science writers of our time.)
Letters to a Young Scientistby Edward O. Wilson
Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation.Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each/p>… See more details below
Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation.Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career—both his successes and his failures—and his motivations for becoming a biologist. At a time in human history when our survival is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill, but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the oceans’ depths, Wilson instills a love of the innate creativity of science and a respect for the human being’s modest place in the planet’s ecosystem in his readers.
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I wish this book had been available when i was young.. I wanted to become a naturalist from a very young age, or paleoentologist and was discouraged by the schools and had no family support.. I recommend this book to anyone with a child interested in science/natural science or to a budding scientist. What a difference it might have made in my life. I ended up in public education which is not my forte, and I am not a team player! I am a fan of Dr. Wilson. He is witty, has a dry sense of humor, and has written some wonderful books! I recommend Dr. Wilson's autobiography Naturalist. One of my keeper books.
This book was very important and helpful to me personally. At the age of 45 I decided to change careers and become a scientist. Conservation biology and ecology were my main interests. However, my background in mathematics was very week (not even college algebra) and I was worried I wouldn't be able to follow my dream of graduate school and training as a scientist. Well folks, 4 1/2 years later I have 2 masters degrees, environmental education and conservation science. I found this book at the Orlando airport over a year ago, and it gave me confidence that I was on the right path. I love what Dr. Wilson says about math- it's not that important! So, for Kalevala (previous post) and others I say this: it's never too late to become the person you want to be or have the career you want. It's not a cakewalk (I sat down and bawled more than once!0, but it's worth it. If I can do it, folks, you can do it too! Thanks Dr. Wilson for a great book- it literally changed my life and the course of my education. It was so helpful that I even gave a copy to each student in my last college class. A great book!