Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science

From Nobel Prize-winning scientist James D. Watson, a residing legend for his paintings unlocking the constitution of DNA, comes this candid and exciting memoir, jam-packed with sensible recommendation for these beginning out their educational careers.
In Avoid dull People, Watson lays down a life’s knowledge for purchasing forward in a aggressive international. Witty and uncompromisingly sincere, he stocks his suggestions on how younger scientists may still select the tasks that might form their careers, the ideally suited value of collegiality, and working with rivals in the comparable establishment. It’s an irreverent romp via Watson’s colourful profession and an crucial consultant to someone drawn to nurturing the lifetime of the brain.

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