By P. B. Medawar
To these drawn to a lifestyles in technological know-how, Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel laureate, deflates the myths of invincibility, superiority, and genius; in its place, he demonstrates it's common experience and an inquiring brain which are necessary to the scientist’s calling. He deflates the myths surrounding scientists—invincibility, superiority, and genius; as an alternative, he argues that it's common experience and an inquiring brain which are necessary to the make-up of a scientist. He provides many wry observations on how you can pick out a examine subject, how you can get alongside wih collaborators and older scientists and directors, how (and how now not) to give a systematic paper, and the way to deal with culturally ”superior” experts within the arts and arts.
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Cultural Barbarism and the History of Science. Scientists are assumed to be illiterate and to have coarse or vulgar aesthetic sensibilities until the contrary is proved; however much it may annoy, a young scientist must again be warned against 30 '' ' ·i :II 'II II i I I' '' I ADVICE TO A YOUNG SCIENTIST attempting any parade of culture to rebut this imputation. In any case, the accusation is in one respect well-founded: I have in mind the total indifference of many young scientists to the history of ideas, even of the ideas that lie at the root of their own research.
This view is not widely held by women, and I do not think it at all likely to be true because the "intuition" referred to above (that with which women are thought to be especially well endowed) connotes some special perceptiveness in human relations rather than the imaginative guesswork that is the generative act in science. But even if they are not especially proficient the scientific profession has special attractions for intelligent women; self-interest has long persuaded universities and the great research organizations to give women equality of treatment with men.
And such they have been ever since. Scientmanship comprehends the techniques used in the hope of enlarging one's reputation as a scientist or diminishing the reputation of others by nonscientific means. The practices of scientmanship are wholly discreditable and sadly betray a total absence of magnanimity. It is an old story, though: R. K. " This is an especially mean-minded form of scientmanship; a scientist who has picked up someone else's ideas may go to some lengths to create the impression that both he and the scientist to whom he is indebted derived the idea independently from some much older source.