Published in 1979, Advice to a Young Scientist is a practical and philosophical guide to curious people engaged in exploratory activities.
The author, Peter Medawar, was a Nobel Pri...
For real progress, a novice must be willing to give up their best ideas when they are revealed as groundless.
One should learn how to take no for an answer and understand t...
It is always better to go for important problems instead of dull, useless problems no one cares about.
Conventional advice tells us to follow our passion, but it is better to go for...
While starting a new endeavour, the logical course of action is to accumulate maximum information. This is not feasible according to the author, as time is limited and one cannot go on learning new...
Extensive reading also becomes counterproductive when there is no implementation of knowledge.
Getting results is important if one needs to build confidence and see the vis...
Effective scientific collaboration is about creating an environment that develops and expands upon the ideas of the various collaborators. The joint idea is not a mediocre ‘design by committee’ but...
If a young scientist suspects that their endeavour might lead to something bad for mankind, one should not start it. It is also in the best interests of society to stay righteous.
The best environment to be creative is a quiet and stable life. A scientist does not need anxiety, privacy invasion, distress or emotional harassment. E
nsure that the environment is safe, w...
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