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Advice for a Young Investigator (Bradford Books) by Santiago Ramón y Cajal

By Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Santiago Ramon y Cajal was once a mythic determine in technology. Hailed because the father of contemporary anatomy and neurobiology, he used to be principally answerable for the trendy perception of the mind. His groundbreaking works have been New principles at the constitution of the apprehensive approach and Histology of the anxious process in guy and Vertebrates. In addition to leaving a legacy of extraordinary medical learn, Cajal sought to train the amateur scientist approximately how technology used to be performed and the way he idea it's going to be performed. This lately rediscovered vintage, first released in 1897, is an anecdotal consultant for the at a loss for words new investigator in addition to a fresh source for the outdated pro.Cajal used to be a pragmatist, conscious of the pitfalls of being too idealistic -- and he had a feeling of humor, really obtrusive in his diagnoses of numerous stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The booklet covers every little thing from necessary character features for an investigator to social components conducive to clinical paintings.

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Passion for reputation. Patriotism. Taste for scientiªc originality Indispensable qualities for the research worker include independent judgment, intellectual curiosity, perseverance, devotion to country, and a burning desire for reputation. It is unnecessary to consider intellectual abilities in any detail. I assume that the newcomer to laboratory work is endowed with normal intelligence, a reasonable amount of imagination, and most of all, that harmonious coordination of faculties that is much more valuable than brilliant but erratic and unbalanced mental gifts.

The applications of new data will come in due time, when other related information emerges. It is well known that a discovery is simply the joining of two or more pieces of information to a useful end. Many scientiªc observations are of little use at the time they are made. However, after some decades, or perhaps even centuries, a new discovery clariªes the old, and the resulting industrial application may be called photography, the phonograph, spectral analysis, wireless telegraphy, or mechanical ºight.

What began as beauty for the soul and intellect ends by providing nourishment for the humble life of the body. Academia de Sciencias, formal session of March 12, 1916. CHP P. 26 5. This was written in 1896. Now [1923] there are no fewer than thirty-three outstanding researchers in mathematics, optics, mechanics, and chemistry Beginner’s Traps 27 at the optical instruments factory in Jena. Furthermore, legions of chemists also work in the great German factories that produce chemical products. It is clear that the only way for industry to avoid routine and stagnation is to convert the laboratory to an antechamber of the factory.

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