By Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Neely Swanson, Larry W. Swanson
Santiago Ramon y Cajal used to be a mythic determine in technological know-how. Hailed because the father of recent anatomy and neurobiology, he was once mostly liable for the trendy notion of the mind. His groundbreaking works have been New rules at the constitution of the fearful procedure and Histology of the fearful process in guy and Vertebrates . as well as leaving a legacy of extraordinary medical examine, Cajal sought to coach the beginner scientist approximately how technological know-how was once performed and the way he notion it may be performed. This lately rediscovered vintage, first released in 1897, is an anecdotal advisor for the at a loss for words new investigator in addition to a fresh source for the previous professional. Cajal used to be a pragmatist, conscious of the pitfalls of being too idealistic--and he had a feeling of humor, fairly glaring in his diagnoses of assorted stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The ebook covers every little thing from invaluable character features for an investigator to social components conducive to clinical paintings.
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Within a century we shall come, by the natural course of events, to monopolize science, plunder its major assets, and harvest its vast ªelds of data. CHP P. CHP P. 14 Chapter 2 important new technique, magniªcent scientiªc discoveries occur one after another as if by spontaneous generation. 3 It is a wonderful and fortunate thing for a scientist to be born during one of these great decisive moments in the history of ideas, when much of what has been done in the past is invalidated. Under these circumstances, it could not be easier to choose a fertile area of investigation.
CHP P. CHP P. 40 Chapter 3 driven by the same aspirations and reacts to the same stimuli as the rest of humanity. The dominance of these two zeals explains the entire life of the investigator. The contrast between the ideal life he develops and the one that ordinary men hammer out produces the struggles, digressions, and misunderstandings that have always characterized relationships between scholar and social environment. It has often been said that men of science, like great religious and other social reformers, exhibit mental traits frequently associated with the inept.
I hold that this ambition is one of the worthiest and most laudable that man can pursue because perhaps more than any other it is infused with the fragrance of universal love and charity. The contrast between the moral stance of scholars and patriots is a topic of frequent discussion. Because we live in a country that has sacriªced too much on the altar of its heroes (warriors, politicians, and members of religious orders) while forsaking (if not persecuting) its most original thinkers, may I be allowed to present a eulogy to the opposite point of view?