Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. WilsonInspired by Rainer Maria Rilkes Letters to a Young Poet, Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career--both his successes and his failures--and his motivations for becoming a biologist. At a time in human history when our survival is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill, but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the oceans depths, Wilson instills a love of the innate creativity of science and a respect for the human beings modest place in the planets ecosystem in his readers.
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I freely admit that I am a huge geek. I knew from a very early age around 15 or 16 that I wanted to be a professional geek, also known as a scientist. As soon as I realised that there were people out there actually researching the things I was just starting to learn about in biology lessons, I wanted to sign up to join them. Me: Biology. I want to get a PhD and work in a genetics lab. Engineering was pretty much the only science-based career not including medicine that the career adviser had heard of.
There is no luckier person than the person who can make their passion their career. Most professional paleontologists are just such lucky people. They are people consumed with a passion to understand the history of life on earth. Paleontology is fun, thrilling, and fascinating, but it is also hard work. It is not "easier" than the more traditional "core" science disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, or geology.
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Our alumni move on to exciting career and academic paths. Some are building careers in the workplace while others are continuing their education in graduate school. Please keep us posted and check back here for updates on fellow classmates and alumni. The strength of Pitt Bio is the spirit of hands on undergraduate research. During my time here, I worked in the lab of Dr. Lewis Jacobson, where for the first time I experienced real science. Chris is a graduate student pursuing his Ph.
A scientist is someone who conducts scientific research to advance knowledge in an area of interest. In classical antiquity , there was no real ancient analog of a modern scientist. Instead, philosophers engaged in the philosophical study of nature called natural philosophy , a precursor of natural science. In modern times, many scientists have advanced degrees  in an area of science and pursue careers in various sectors of the economy such as academia , industry , government , and nonprofit environments. The roles of "scientists", and their predecessors before the emergence of modern scientific disciplines, have evolved considerably over time. Scientists of different eras and before them, natural philosophers, mathematicians, natural historians, natural theologians, engineers, and others who contributed to the development of science have had widely different places in society, and the social norms , ethical values , and epistemic virtues associated with scientists—and expected of them—have changed over time as well.