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Letters to a Young Scientist

Biography / MemoirSPECIAL OFFER

By: Edward O Wilson (Author)

245 pages, 21 b/w illustrations

W.W. Norton & Co.

Paperback | May 2014 | #211019 | ISBN-13: 9780871403858
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Hardback | May 2013 | #203618 | ISBN-13: 9780871403773
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About this book

Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. 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 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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Edward O. Wilson, a professor emeritus at Harvard University, is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Ants, the bestselling novel Anthill, The Social Conquest of Earth, The Superorganism, and From So Simple a Beginning.

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