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Author Watson, James D., 1928-

Title Avoid boring people : lessons from a life in science / James D. Watson.

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Biographies  92 BIOGRAPHY WATSON    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  B WATSON, JAMES    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Biography  B-WATSON WAT    Missing
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  92 WATSON, JAM    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 347 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword -- Preface -- 1. Manners acquired as a child -- 2. Manners learned while an undergraduate -- 3. Manners picked up in graduate school -- 4. Manners followed by the Phage group -- 5. Manners passed on to an aspiring young scientist -- 6. Manners needed for important science -- 7. Manners practiced as an untenured professor -- 8. Manners deployed for academic zing -- 9. Manners noticed as a dispensable White HOuse adviser -- 10. Manners appropriate for a Nobel Prize -- 11. Manners demanded by academic ineptitude -- 12. Manners behind readable books -- 13. Manners required for academic civility -- 14. Manners for holding down two jobs -- 15. Manners maintained when reluctantly leaving Harvard -- Epilogue -- Cast of characters -- Remembered lessons.
Summary From a living legend--James D. Watson, who shared the Nobel Prize for revealing the structure of DNA--comes a personal account of the making of a scientist. Watson shares the less revolutionary secrets he has found to getting along and getting ahead in a competitive world. Each phase of his experience yields age-specific practical advice. A believer in the intellectual promise of youth, Watson offers pointers to beginning scientists about choosing the projects that will shape their careers, the supreme importance of collegiality, and dealing with competitors within the same institution, even one who is a former mentor. Later he addresses the role and needs of science at large universities. Scorning political correctness, this irreverent romp through Watson's life and learning is a guide to anyone plotting a career in science (or most anything else), addressed both to the next generation and those who are entrusted with their minds.--From publisher description.
Subject Watson, James D., 1928-
Molecular biologists -- United States -- Biography.
Scientists -- United States -- Biography.
Molecular Biology -- United States -- Personal Narratives.
Science -- United States -- Personal Narratives.
Spine Title Avoid boring other people
ISBN 0375412840
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