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The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize

Biography / Memoir

By: Peter Doherty

320 pages, 120 illus

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Jun 2008 | #173564 | ISBN-13: 9780231138970
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Hardback | May 2006 | #170818 | ISBN: 0231138962
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In this engaging book, Peter Doherty recounts his unlikely path to becoming a Nobel Laureate. Beginning with his humble origins in Australia, he tells how he developed an interest in immunology and describes his award-winning, influential work with Rolf Zinkernagel on T-cells and the nature of immune defense.

Doherty offers a rare insider's look at the realities of being a research scientist. He lucidly explains his own scientific work and how research projects are selected, funded, and organized; the major problems science is trying to solve; and the rewards and pitfalls of a career in scientific research. Throughout the book, Doherty explores the stories of past Nobel winners and considers some of the crucial scientific debates of our time, including the safety of genetically modified foods and the tensions between science and religion.

A highly readable introduction to the modern world of scientific research. -- Mary Powers 5?30/06 Important to any aspiring scientist. Bookwatch 8/1/2006 A charmingly homely account of his own unlikely path toward this pinnacle. -- Margaret Wertheim Los Angeles Times 10/1/2006 Doherty opens the vault to the world of science. Nature 10/19/2006 The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize is an interesting and useful read for up-and-coming scientists. Journal of the American Medical Association 10/25/2006 This extended and amusing memoir does show how the path to a Nobel can be rocky and winding. -- Jeff Bairstow Laser Focus World 1/1/08

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Peter C. Doherty was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1996. He is currently operating active research programs at both St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and the University of Melbourne.

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