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 was once mostly chargeable for the fashionable perception of the mind. His groundbreaking works have been New principles at the constitution of the apprehensive process and H istology of the anxious process in guy and Vertebrates. as well as leaving a legacy of exceptional clinical examine, Cajal sought to teach the beginner scientist approximately how technological know-how was once performed and the way he concept it may be performed. This lately rediscovered vintage, first released in 1897, is an anecdotal advisor for the at a loss for words new investigator in addition to a clean 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 obvious in his diagnoses of assorted stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The publication covers every thing from useful character features for an investigator to social elements conducive to medical paintings.
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And let me stress that this conquest of ideas is not subject to ºuctuations of opinion, to the silence of envy, or to the caprices of fashion that today repudiate and detest what yesterday was praised as sublime. James’s thought applies especially to the fortunate inquirer of nature: man’s ideal lies in collaborating with God. It is certainly true that the scientist’s fame is not as great as the playwright or artist’s glamour and popularity. People live in a world of sentiment, and it is asking too much of them to provide warmth and support for the heroes of reason.
Newton, Davy, Faraday, Hertz, and Mayer are good examples. 3. The brilliant series of discoveries in electricity that followed Volta’s development of the voltaic pile at the beginning of the last century, the Pleiades of histological work inspired by Schwann’s discovery of cell multiplication, and the profound repercussions that the not so distant ªnding of roentgen rays have produced in all areas of physics (the observation of radioactivity, and the discovery of radium and polonium and of the phenomenon of emanation) are good examples of that creative and, in a sense, automatic virtue possessed by all great discoveries, which seem to grow and multiply like seeds cast by chance on fertile soil.
We must take advantage of all lucid moments, whether they occur during the meditation following prolonged rest; during the superintense mental work nerve cells achieve when ªred by concentration; or during scientiªc discussion, whose impact often generates unanticipated intuition like sparks from steel. Most people who lack self-conªdence are unaware of the marvelous power of prolonged concentration. CHP P. CHP P. 34 Chapter 3 perceptions) reªnes judgment, enriches analytical powers, spurs constructive imagination, and—by focusing all light of reason on the darkness of a problem—allows unforseen and subtle relationships to be discovered.
Advice For a Young Investigator by Santiago Ramón y Cajal