By Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Neely Swanson, Larry W. Swanson
Santiago Ramon y Cajal was once a mythic determine in technological know-how. Hailed because the father of recent anatomy and neurobiology, he was once principally answerable for the trendy perception of the mind. His groundbreaking works have been New principles at the constitution of the fearful procedure and Histology of the anxious process in guy and Vertebrates . as well as leaving a legacy of unheard of clinical study, Cajal sought to coach the amateur scientist approximately how technology was once performed and the way he inspiration it may be performed. This lately rediscovered vintage, first released in 1897, is an anecdotal advisor for the confused new investigator in addition to a clean source for the previous seasoned. Cajal was once a pragmatist, conscious of the pitfalls of being too idealistic--and he had a feeling of humor, fairly glaring in his diagnoses of varied stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The ebook covers every thing from important character qualities for an investigator to social elements conducive to medical paintings.
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One is the great industry involved in the manufacture of precision lenses (for micrography, photography, and astronomy). 5 The other example is the manufacture of therapeutic serums that was born in Berlin and perfected in Paris. It is both natural and legitimate that Behring and Roux, who established the scientiªc principles upon which serum therapy is based, exercise a controlling hand. For the present, let us cultivate science for its own sake, without considering its applications. They will always come, whether in years or perhaps even in centuries.
It has been said that science has no country, and this is true. ” Nature’s conqueror belongs not only to humanity but to a race that shows pride in his talents, to a nation that is honored by his triumphs, and to a region that considers him the choice fruit of its soil. CHP P. CHP P. 46 Chapter 3 exhibit noble pride in their philosophers, mathematicians, physicists, naturalists, and inventors—in short, all of those who know how to exalt their country’s honored name. It must be confessed that we Spaniards have the greatest need for cultivating this emotion because of the many centuries of disdain that we have given anything dealing with scientiªc investigation and its fruitful applications to life (for reasons that are now irrelevant).
The thinking of countless brilliant minds ends up sterile for lack of this ability, which the French call esprit de suite. I could cite dozens of Spaniards with minds ªnely suited to scientiªc investigation who retreat discouraged from a problem without seriously measuring their strength, perhaps just at the moment when nature was about to reward their eagerness with the anxiously awaited revelation. Our classrooms and laboratories are full of these capricious and restless souls who love research and suffer through mishaps with the retort or microscope day after day.
Advice for a Young Investigator by Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Neely Swanson, Larry W. Swanson