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Letters to a Young Scientist

Letters to a Young Scientist

Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation.

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ISBN 9780871403773
Barcode 9780871403773
Published 15 April 2013 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
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ISBN-13 9780871403773
ISBN-10 0871403773
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication Date 15 April 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Ecological Science, The Biosphere
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 124mm
Height: 193mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 300g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Science, Naturalists - United States, Biologists - United States, Wilson, Edward O
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 570.92
Catalogue Code PEARS

Description of this Book

Inspired by Theodore Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, 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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The eminent entomologist, naturalist and sociobiologist draws on the experiences of a long career to offer encouraging advice to those considering a life in science... Glows with one man's love for science.
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than thirty books, including Half-Earth, The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives with his wife, Irene Wilson, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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