By P. B. Medawar
To these drawn to a existence in technological know-how, Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel laureate, deflates the myths of invincibility, superiority, and genius; in its place, he demonstrates it's common feel and an inquiring brain which are necessary to the scientist’s calling. He deflates the myths surrounding scientists—invincibility, superiority, and genius; as a substitute, he argues that it's normal experience and an inquiring brain which are necessary to the make-up of a scientist. He can provide many wry observations on how one can decide upon a examine subject, the right way to get alongside wih collaborators and older scientists and directors, how (and how now not) to offer a systematic paper, and the way to deal with culturally ”superior” experts within the arts and arts.
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Back at the ranch, therefore, their wives were performing the daily miracle of young motherhood-entertaining, appeasing, suppressing the natural instincts of, and bringing out the best in, a family of children who seemed twice as numerous as they really were. Men or women who go to the extreme length of marrying scientists should be clearly aware beforehand, instead of learning the hard way later, that their spouses are in the grip of a powerful obsession that is likely to take the first place in their lives outside the home, and probably inside too; there may not then be many romps on the floor with the children and the wife of a scientist may find herself disproportionately the man as well as the woman about the house when it comes to mending fuses, getting the car serviced, or organizing the family holiday.
K. H>3. 42 I ADVICE TO A YOUNG SCIENTIST their respective acts of homage is statistically inconceivable, and-as I have pointed out on another occasion-the twenty years Wagner spent on composing the first three operas of The Ring were not clouded by the fear that someone else might nip in ahead of him with Gotterdiimmerung. Whenever pride of possession is an important consideration -especially when the property in dispute is an idea-most people feel a strong sense of ownership. The investigative journalist with his special story or insight, the philosopher or historian with his mind-clearing way of looking at things, the administrator who hits upon just that disposition of funds or responsibility which will get around a tricky or confusing situation-each one feels that if the idea was his, it should be acknowledged to be so.
Scientmanship comprehends the techniques used in the hope of enlarging one's reputation as a scientist or diminishing the reputation of others by nonscientific means. The practices of scientmanship are wholly discreditable and sadly betray a total absence of magnanimity. It is an old story, though: R. K. " This is an especially mean-minded form of scientmanship; a scientist who has picked up someone else's ideas may go to some lengths to create the impression that both he and the scientist to whom he is indebted derived the idea independently from some much older source.