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By Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Santiago Ramon y Cajal used to be a mythic determine in technological know-how. Hailed because the father of contemporary anatomy and neurobiology, he was once mostly answerable for the fashionable perception of the mind. His groundbreaking works have been New principles at the constitution of the anxious process and H istology of the worried procedure in guy and Vertebrates. as well as leaving a legacy of unprecedented medical examine, Cajal sought to teach the beginner scientist approximately how technological know-how was once performed and the way he idea it may be performed. This lately rediscovered vintage, first released in 1897, is an anecdotal consultant for the puzzled new investigator in addition to a fresh source for the previous pro.

Cajal used to be a pragmatist, conscious of the pitfalls of being too idealistic -- and he had a feeling of humor, rather obvious in his diagnoses of assorted stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The ebook covers every thing from worthy character features for an investigator to social elements conducive to clinical paintings.

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CHP P. 48 The drive to carry out great undertakings may certainly come from the inducements of patriotism and a lofty desire for reputation. Nevertheless, our novice runs the risk of failure without additional traits: a strong inclination toward originality, a taste for research, and a desire to experience the incomparable gratiªcation associated with the act of discovery itself. Intellectual Qualities 49 The important roles of scrutinizing mysteries and investigating new observations in mobilizing action have been discussed often.

Today the peace has been signed, Europe is in ruins, the naive Wilsonian concept of the League of Nations has failed, and the hatred of conquered people dreams of retaliation. We look with bitter skepticism at all juridical plans for lasting peace. It is sad to admit, but all nations become ferociously imperialistic as soon as possible, whether they be monarchies or republics. So much for the weak and unpatriotic! 2. Things are now somewhat different. The type of inventor whose efforts are driven by an eagerness for monetary gain is now common in Germany and, generally, in the other advanced nations.

Hapless is he who remains silent and absorbed in a book. Extreme admiration drains the personality and clouds understanding, which comes to accept hypothesis for proof and shadow for obvious truth. I am sure that on ªrst reading, not everyone is able to stumble across the gaps and ºaws of an inspired book. Nevertheless, undue veneration, like all emotional states, prevents critical evaluation. If we feel spent after thoughtprovoking reading, allow a few days to pass. Then go on with a cool head and calm judgment to a second or even third reading.

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