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Letters to a Young Scientist

Letters to a Young Scientist

by Edward O. Wilson,
The Boston Globe, April 29, 2013

On July 3, 2006, the Explorer’s Club, joined by the American Museum of Natural History and several other organizations, conducted a “bioblitz” in New York’s Central Park. The bioblitz is Edward O. Wilson’s ideal “happening.” A professor emeritus of entomology at Harvard and the author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books, Wilson is energized by the realization that “very few places remain on Earth that are not seething with species of plants, animals, or micro-organisms.” In “Letters to a Young Scientist” he draws on six decades of field work, theory making, and teaching to share his passion for science. Beautifully written, richly detailed, and practical, his little book should command the attention of anyone who is contemplating a career in ecology or biodiversity — or who “sometimes daydreams like a scientist.”

 

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