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Apprentice to Genius: The Making of a Scientific Dynasty Paperback – November 1, 1993
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A beguiling combination of sociological and scientific scholarship, straight reporting and titillating voyeurism.(Isis)
Making extensive use of interviews and anecdote, Kanigel depicts how, in a mentor-to-protege chain starting with James Shannon and moving to Bernard Brodie and then to Julius Axelrod, the legacy of creativity and empirical style has passed to Snyder and then to Pert.(Science)
As compelling as a Jackie Collins novel, though with bigger words.(Chicago Tribune)
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This book should be read by every bright and ambitious graduate student and postdoc. Do you want to achieve greatness? Do you want to learn how to do great research? Attach yourself to a great scientist! Julius Axelrod, the 1970 Nobel Laureate, has a saying: "99% of the discoveries are made by 1% of the scientists." Sociologist Harriet Zuckerman reported that the single factor that most clearly differentiated Nobel laureates from outstanding but lesser scientists was training with another Nobel laureate. Thus, the importance of mentoring cannot be overstated for a young budding scientist!
This book should be read by every top scientist in the world. Your legacy lies not just in your individual achievement, but also in passing down your "research genes" to the next generation and thus greatly magnifying your legacy.
The author should be applauded for such a monumental work!
As someone interested in the uptake of molecules in cells and consequences for disease and Pathology, I found this book to be truly incredible. It's also true inspiration as I seek to find ways to use my Chemical Engineering background to find cures for diseases that afflict mankind and hopefully relieve human suffering .I recommend it to anybody interested in Physiology, Medicine, Pharmacology, the Politics of lab research etc.,I especially recommend it to women in research.There's a scene about a famous female researcher and how her contributions to pioneering research were stolen by her PI-who took all credit, enjoyed all the accolades, and never acknowledged the significant contributions made by the female student researcher.This is a must read for any serious future resarch scientist, or anybody that truly loves science.An extra bonus if you are familiar with DC and expecially the Rockville, Bethesda area. Lots of nuggets about pre-NIH , I-270 corridor.
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Robert Kanigel is a rare gem. I stumbled on his other book " Srinivasa Ramanujan: The Man Who Knew Infinity" and was completely bewildered by his exceptional detailing and story... Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Traveler