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To those interested in a life in science, Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel laureate, deflates the myths of invincibility, superiority, and genius; instead, he demonstrates it is common sense and an inquiring mind that are essential to the scientist's calling. He deflates the myths surrounding scientists--invincibility, superiority, and genius; instead, he argues that it is common sense and an inquiring mind that are essential to the makeup of a scientist. He delivers many wry observations on how to choose a research topic, how to get along wih collaborators and older scientists and administrators, how (and how not) to present a scientific paper, and how to cope with culturally "superior" specialists in the arts and humanities.
* Introduction * How Can I Tell if I Am Cut Out to Be a Scientific Research Worker? * What Shall I Do Research On? * How Can I Equip Myself to Be a Scientist or a Better One? * Sexism and Racism in Science * Aspects of Scientific Life and Manners * Of Younger and Older Scientists * Presentations * Experiment and Discovery * Prizes and Rewards * The Scientific Process * Scientific Meliorism Versus Scientific Messianism
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