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<em>Letters To A Young Scientist</em>: Edward O. Wilson Imparts Wisdom In A New Book
Science | March 27, 2013

Letters To A Young Scientist: Edward O. Wilson Imparts Wisdom In A New Book

When a writer for PBS got her hands on an advanced copy of the new book by science speaker Edward O. Wilson, she found herself "immersed" in its pages shortly after picking it up. Titled Letters To A Young Scientist, the book shares Wilson's 60 years of experience teaching the next generation of scientists. Teeming with advice for the eager scientist, the forthcoming work from the preeminent entomologist, naturalist, and sociobiologist is about finding a passion for science and following it even when it becomes difficult. "Be prepared mentally for some amount of chaos and failure," Wilson writes in an excerpt shared on PBS. "Daydream a lot."

In one of the first reflections on the book, Kirkus Reviews had this to say: "The eminent entomologist, naturalist and sociobiologist draws on the experiences of a long career to offer encouraging advice to those considering a life in science…[The book] glows with one man’s love for science." Also the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Social Conquest of Earth and Anthill: A Novel, as well as the Pulitzer Prize–winning On Human Nature, Wilson's newest work is sure to impart some practical knowledge for those seeking to follow in his footsteps. The book is slated for release in April, but you can pre-order it now through Amazon. You can also check out Wilson's TED Talk here.

Here's the the publisher's description of the book to give you an idea of what to expect from Letters To A Young Scientist:

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. 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.
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