In The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize,
Doherty recounts his unlikely path to becoming a Nobel Laureate.
Beginning with his humble origins in Australia, he tells how he
developed an interest in immunology and describes his
award-winning, influential work with Rolf Zinkernagel on T-cells
and the nature of immune defense. In prose that is at turns amusing
and astute, Doherty reveals how his nonconformist upbringing, sense
of being an outsider, and search for different perspectives have
shaped his life and work.
Doherty offers a rare, insider's look at the realities of being
a research scientist. He lucidly explains his own scientific work
and how research projects are selected, funded, and organized; the
major problems science is trying to solve; and the rewards and
pitfalls of a career in scientific research. For Doherty, science
still plays an important role in improving the world, and he argues
that scientists need to do a better job of making their work more
accessible to the public.
Throughout the book, Doherty explores the stories of past Nobel
winners and considers some of the crucial scientific debates of our
time, including the safety of genetically modified foods and the
tensions between science and religion. He concludes with some
"tips" on how to win a Nobel Prize, including advice on being
persistent, generous, and culturally aware, and he stresses the
value of evidence. The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Noble
Prize is essential reading for anyone interested in a career
Subjects: General Science, Biological Sciences, History
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