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Published: 22 October 2007

368 Pages | 20 halftones


ISBN: 9780192802736

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Avoid Boring People

And other lessons from a life in science

James D. Watson

  • James D. Watson is one of the greatest living scientists. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his part in the discovery of the structure of DNA.
  • A candid reflection on the lessons learnt during an extraordinary career in science.
  • Full of fascinating insights into science, scientists, laboratories, fame, and how to succeed in both science and life.
  • Watson describes the varied experiences of his scientific life, and alongside the stories and anecdotes he dispenses lessons in life - ranging from the wise to the witty and eccentric, each as insightful as the next.
  • Entertainingly written, combining popular science with stories told with real momentum and humour.
  • Conveys the passions, rivalries, and friendships of working during of the most exciting junctures of 20th century science, with many of the most important scientists of the time.
  • Brings the story right up to date with an epilogue discussing his own views on the resignation of Larry Summers from Harvard - an affair that hit the media in 2006 and touched on issues ranging from the direction of academic research to the explosively controversial issue of the intellectual differences between men, and women, and different races.