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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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3 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 01-21-17

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Diego Zárrate on 10-23-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By KeithSiew on 04-13-16

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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By Mr on 10-09-15


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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