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Avoid boring people : lessons from a life in science

Author: James D Watson
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From a living legend--James D. Watson, who shared the Nobel Prize for revealing the structure of DNA--comes a personal account of the making of a scientist. Watson shares the less revolutionary secrets he has found to getting along and getting ahead in a competitive world. Each phase of his experience yields age-specific practical advice. A believer in the intellectual promise of youth, Watson offers pointers to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Autobiographies
Named Person: James D Watson; James D Watson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James D Watson
ISBN: 0375412840 9780375412844
OCLC Number: 123485197
Description: 347 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Preface --
1. Manners acquired as a child --
2. Manners learned while an undergraduate --
3. Manners picked up in graduate school --
4. Manners followed by the Phage group --
5. Manners passed on to an aspiring young scientist --
6. Manners needed for important science --
7. Manners practiced as an untenured professor --
8. Manners deployed for academic zing --
9. Manners noticed as a dispensable White House adviser --
10. Manners appropriate for a Nobel Prize --
11. Manners demanded by academic ineptitude --
12. Manners behind readable books --
13. Manners required for academic civility --
14. Manners for holding down two jobs --
15. Manners maintained when reluctantly leaving Harvard --
Epilogue --
Cast of characters --
Remembered lessons.
Other Titles: Avoid boring other people
Responsibility: James D. Watson.
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From a living legend--James D. Watson, who shared the Nobel Prize for revealing the structure of DNA--comes a personal account of the making of a scientist. Watson shares the less revolutionary secrets he has found to getting along and getting ahead in a competitive world. Each phase of his experience yields age-specific practical advice. A believer in the intellectual promise of youth, Watson offers pointers to beginning scientists about choosing the projects that will shape their careers, the supreme importance of collegiality, and dealing with competitors within the same institution, even one who is a former mentor. Later he addresses the role and needs of science at large universities. Scorning political correctness, this irreverent romp through Watson's life and learning is a guide to anyone plotting a career in science (or most anything else), addressed both to the next generation and those who are entrusted with their minds.--From publisher description.

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