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Published: 23 October 2008

362 Pages | 40 B&W halftones


ISBN: 9780199548187

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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.