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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.

©2013 Edward O. Wilson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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love it

Great book for either beginning or continuing biology and ecology professionals. a lot of great advices to move forward.

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Inspiring and thought provoking

Dry details but overall reassuring for someone questioning whether or not to pursue a career in science.

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Genuinely changed and enriched my life and career

I cannot put into words what this book and it's excellent narration means to people like or even unlike myself.

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Long on biography, short on advice

maybe I am imagining it but I thought the description of this book suggested that it would give advice in surviving in science in the current political climate of science bashing and fake news

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Very pronunciation

I absolutely loved the book, but the reading left a lot to be desired. Ecosystem is not pronounced Echosystem. There were a number of other similar words that were grossly mispronounced.

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Good for budding researchers

Gives you a good framework of researching , as well as an interesting read for anyone amateur.

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  • Haqqeem Razak
  • 07-20-18

for aspiring scientists

must read, an honest inside perspective of a scientist. well thought out and never a bore.

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  • KeithSiew
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For those is science, this is a must!

Just finished up my PhD and moving on to a Postdoctoral fellowship. I think I'll be writing the principles shared here on my wall for safe keeping!

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Wonderful!

When I was in my scientific training I wish that this book had been written. It provides much in the way of encouragement and is full of heart, providing hope to the many undergraduate scientists out there. Particularly, for those students wondering if there is a future in their chosen fields and those in high school considering a career in science, you all must read this book!

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