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By Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Santiago Ramon y Cajal used to be a mythic determine in technology. Hailed because the father of contemporary anatomy and neurobiology, he used to be principally liable for the fashionable notion of the mind. His groundbreaking works have been New principles at the constitution of the apprehensive process and Histology of the fearful process in guy and Vertebrates. In addition to leaving a legacy of exceptional medical study, Cajal sought to teach the beginner scientist approximately how technological know-how was once performed and the way he proposal it may be performed. This lately rediscovered vintage, first released in 1897, is an anecdotal consultant for the at a loss for words new investigator in addition to a fresh source for the previous pro.Cajal was once a pragmatist, conscious of the pitfalls of being too idealistic -- and he had a feeling of humor, relatively glaring in his diagnoses of a number of stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The booklet covers every thing from priceless character qualities for an investigator to social components conducive to clinical paintings.

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Instead of tiny details unworthy of the intellectual, we have men whose tiny intellects cannot rise to penetrate the inªnitesimal. Nature is a harmonious mechanism where all parts, including those appearing to play a secondary role, cooperate in the functional whole. In contemplating this mechanism, shallow men arbitrarily divide its parts into essential and secondary, whereas the insightful thinker is content with classifying them as understood and poorly understood, ignoring for the moment their size and immediately useful properties.

This was written in 1896. Now [1923] there are no fewer than thirty-three outstanding researchers in mathematics, optics, mechanics, and chemistry Beginner’s Traps 27 at the optical instruments factory in Jena. Furthermore, legions of chemists also work in the great German factories that produce chemical products. It is clear that the only way for industry to avoid routine and stagnation is to convert the laboratory to an antechamber of the factory. 6. “It is common sense to work under considerable stress,” according to the graphic adage of Echegaray.

Find a scientiªc topic that is difªcult and surrounded by controversy, and examine it superªcially by reading general reference books instead of detailed monographs. Then, after several months of experimental work, our beginner should consult the latest literature on the subject. If he has arrived at similar conclusions, if his thinking on hotly disputed points falls in line with the interpretations of noted authori- Beginner’s Traps 23 ties, and if he has managed to avoid the errors committed by certain authors, then timidity should be abandoned, and scientiªc work should be approached without reservation.

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