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ISBN: 0262181916
Author: Neely Swanson,Larry W. Swanson,Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Language: English
Publisher: A Bradford Book; 1 edition (February 26, 1999)
Pages: 176
Category: Administration & Medicine Economics
Subcategory: Medicine
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Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934) was an incredible scientist-he made invaluable contributions to neuroanatomy, including .

Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934) was an incredible scientist-he made invaluable contributions to neuroanatomy, including some of the most beautiful scientific illustrations since Vesalius. 18 people found this helpful.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Author), Neely Swanson (Translator), Larry W. Swanson (Translator) & 0 more

Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Author), Neely Swanson (Translator), Larry W. Swanson (Translator) & 0 more. ISBN-13: 978-0262681506.

Advice for a Young Investigator. Translated by Neely Swanson and Larry W. Swanson

Advice for a Young Investigator. Swanson. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Santiago Ramon y Cajal was a mythic figure in science. Hailed as the father of modern anatomy and neurobiology, he was largely responsible for the modern conception of the brain

Santiago Ramon y Cajal was a mythic figure in science. Hailed as the father of modern anatomy and neurobiology, he was largely responsible for the modern conception of the brain. His groundbreaking works were New Ideas on the Structure of the Nervous System and Histology of the Nervous System in Man and Vertebrates.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal Ramón y Cajal, Santiago, 1852-1934 Advice for a young investigator, S. Ramón y Cajal ; translated by Neely Swanson and Larry.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Swanson A Bradford Book The MIT Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England. Ramón y Cajal, Santiago, 1852-1934 Advice for a young investigator, S. Ramón y Cajal ; translated by Neely Swanson and Larry W. p. cm. A Bradford book. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Foreword), Larry W. Swanson (Translation).

Advice for a Young Investigator (Bradford Books) by. Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Neely Swanson (Translator). Larry W. Swanson (Translator). Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Foreword), Larry W. Neely Swanson (Translation).

Advice for a Young Investigator, by Santiago Ramón y Cajal (translated by Neely Swanson and Larry W. Swanson). Article in Trends in Neurosciences 23(7):327-328 · July 2000 with 17 Reads. How we measure 'reads'.

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An anecdotal guide for the perplexed new investigator as well as a refreshing resource for the old pro, covering everything from valuable personality traits for an investigator to social factors conducive to scientific work.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal was a mythic figure in science. Hailed as the father of modern anatomy and neurobiology, he was largely responsible for the modern conception of the brain. His groundbreaking works were New Ideas on the Structure of the Nervous System and Histology of the Nervous System in Man and Vertebrates. In addition to leaving a legacy of unparalleled scientific research, Cajal sought to educate the novice scientist about how science was done and how he thought it should be done. This recently rediscovered classic, first published in 1897, is an anecdotal guide for the perplexed new investigator as well as a refreshing resource for the old pro.

Cajal was a pragmatist, aware of the pitfalls of being too idealistic―and he had a sense of humor, particularly evident in his diagnoses of various stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The book covers everything from valuable personality traits for an investigator to social factors conducive to scientific work.

Comments:

Ndlaitha
Modern scientific publishers unduly constrain modern observers. Much like the growing gulf between rich and poor, the gulf between the peer reviewed and the independent investigator is widening. Peers can usually accept incremental improvements on what is already accepted, and their role is to maintain those views. However, their own reputations may be at stake if a true paradigm shift is found that weakens the foundation on which their decades of work has been founded. So peers frequently block progress at great expense to the scientific community.

Some bridge this gulf by making their own money and then breaking the rules, like Jeff Hawkins or Mike Lazaridis. Such men can write books or start their own schools, using money to prevent the dismissal that they might otherwise suffer.

But others, with less money, must travel a perilous path with the potential of instant and permanent dismissal when they make wrong guesses, en-route to a breakthrough. For these observers, there is no clear path to "legitimacy", regardless of any talent they may have.

Cajal is a remarkable guide to those who labor alone. His "Advice" is precisely what is needed to avoid most of the mistakes that lead to dismissal. He is both respectful towards predecessors and insistent that the work of all predecessors is to be passed.

Although this book is often criticized for "quaintness" or being "Cajal-centric", I believe that it is more important now than when it was written, and, like Shakespeare, rewards those who can tolerate the differences of language and circumstances that must be accepted to understand it. It is nowhere near as distant as Shakespeare in this regard.

I thank the Swanson and Swanson team for their excellent light and explained editing of this book, and of Cajal's two volume "Histology", leaving Cajal's meaning as untouched by modern theory as possible.
Mr.Bean
I am a graduate student (not in biology-ralated field) looking for general advice from this book. To my surprise much of Cajal's advice is still applicable not just today but in different disciplines. However, this is not a run-of-the-mill advice book for graduate students, and definitely not kind of advice my advisor will give me. Cajal is very passionate about doing science, and he doesn't hesitate to point out (sometimes very harshly) what he thinks the wrong ways of doing science.

It's expected that part of books are dated (remember it's first releasesd in 1897), but should not deter interested readers from reading it. Sometimes Cajal made comments upon which any readers today will frown, like "A woman [...] is in different to all work related to change and progress". But don't call Cajal a sexist, and don't interpret his work in the value system of the 21st century. Cajal is so enthusiastic about science that few other things matter to him. Anyone can easily feel and understand his commitment to science after reading few pages of the book.
DART-SKRIMER
Wonderful book of advice for young scientists! I'm an academic neuroscientist and I'm thinking of making this book a must read for all my trainees..
Daron
Great book providing advice to a scientist early in their career. I am a graduate student studying neuroscience, and this helped me greatly overcome some of the stress involved in academics. Ramon y Cajal provides some great advice and entertaining quips here and there.
Rolling Flipper
Best advice ever for young and not that young research scientists. The English translation is even better than the original in Spanish.
Quphagie
Wonderful little book filled with insight and encouragement!
monotronik
Good
Dated, but an interesting read.

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