Letters to a Young Scientist
E.O. Wilson is the rare scientist who is deeply aware of the creative process. His words are powerful and true no matter what your field or medium. We were entranced by his interview on NPR and are fans of his ambitious website The Encyclopedia of Life (read more in the blog post linked below); we think this book is so thoughtful and inspiring, too.
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.
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