➶ [Reading] ➸ A Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize By Peter C. Doherty ➫ – Uroturk.info
i saw peter doherty talk earlier this year and it was one of the worst talks i ve been to every one of his slides was cluttered with text than i ve seen outside a how not to use powerpoint example and most slides contained at least one typo or grammatical error he would flip through a bunch of them way too fast and then stop on one until he d talked about everything on it and multiple subsequent slides plus he spent the whole time jingling his keys in his pocket i m sure he s a much better and organised speaker at other times, and some of the problems were probably due to the fact that it was meant to be for a general audience i was hoping the book would be better, but i was still dissatisfied by his non sequiturs and lapses into conversational style. I received a copy of this via net galley in exchange for an honest review Peter Doherty s account of his path to the 1996 Nobel Prize is a scattershot There are little bits of a lot of topics nestled into this work, just about all of them having to do with science or the prize in some way, but trying to identify a single theme was difficult Doherty s overall purpose seemed to be encouraging people to go into science, into science research specifically, and if that s not a possibility at least to increase their scientific knowledge so they can vote responsibly His lack of organized focus made cyphering out his points harder at time For instance, he criticized politicians who only care about science when it gets them votes rather than when it s an issue for the well being of the community By having voters who are actually informed by real science instead of rhetoric and emotional pandering politicians would have to actually address problems in a meaningful way He talks at length about genetically modified organisms and climate change as examples of instances where misinformation and emotion get in the way of science and progress Doherty was very thorough with these issues, although he did stick to the science aspect and did not really go into the economic reasons people protest GMO As this is a book on science and not on those matters it was fair to leave it out however, it s important to note these are examples of a larger dialogue problem between politicians, scientists, and the public and not a treatise on the issues themselves It s easy to get lost in complex issues and sometimes it felt like Doherty did so Overall, there is not so much science as to lose a reader The middle of the book where he discusses the actual discovery that won him the prize is pretty complex He acknowledges that he is simplifying his work so that a non specialist could follow him, but it was a bit much for me It has a couple of not particularly useful diagrams, but it could have used a few Slogging through the technical part was worth it, however, because he does get back to discussing science and the experience of scientists I found that really interesting The average person doesn t really get much insight into the research science going on around the world in so many fields I was especially interested in the global aspect of the work I also found his characterization of science as a creative pursue to be intriguing That was not my experience of science, but I can see how high level research science might allow for or require some creative thought This book was originally published in 2005 and has been reissued with a new introduction by Doherty which reflects on the original book as well as updates a few numbers e.g world population That said some of the references in the book are still a bit dated For instance, he talks about Nelson Mandela as being alive It made me wonder how up to date the science presented was if the references were old The last chapter is looking forward to the future of science The points put forward felt cutting edge, but then I m not a scientist There is not all that much of Doherty s personal biography in here He talks about his work and briefly mentions his family and his upbringing, but otherwise there the only bit of himself he seems to have put in are his opinions on a handful of scientific issues and on the relationship between science and industry Most of these he backs up with evidence, the exception being his stated views on cloning, but he again leaves out the problems associated with letting industry drive science rather than vice versa Again, this is a science book not an economic book However, if he is going to put forward his views on these subjects I think he should put in his reasons evidence for them as well Overall, I got a lot out of this book It s one that I had to take my time to process, but it was worth the effort It s made me want to go and read about the history of science 2.5 Stars. Peter Doherty Recounts His Unlikely Path To Becoming A Nobel Laureate, Revealing How His Nonconformist Upbringing, Sense Of Being An Outsider, And Search For A Different Perspective Have Shaped His Life And Work Beginning With His Humble Origins In Australia, Doherty Shares His Early Interests And Describes His Award Winning, Influential Work With Rolf Zinkernagel On T Cells And The Nature Of Immune Defense In Prose That Is Amusing And Astute, Doherty Offers A Rare Insider S Look At The Realities Of Being A Research Scientist He Lucidly Explains His Own Scientific Work And The Selection, Funding, And Organization Of Research Projects The Major Problems Science Hopes To Solve And The Rewards Of A Career In Scientific Research For Doherty, Science Plays An Important Role In Improving The World, And He Argues That Scientists Need To Do A Better Job Of Making Their Work Accessible To The Public He Concludes With Tips On How To Win A Nobel Prize, Including Advice On Being Persistent, Generous, And Culturally Aware Good day all well i faiht this book is a good start god bless correct go in peace. Stockholm in December darkness falls early like a frozen curtain, the short days are dimmed by snow fall, and even weather hardened Swedes grimace in the winds that cut across Strommen, the waterway straddled by the city I grew up in a hot, humid, place where the sun shone pitilessly and I was always getting burnt As a consequence, I m energised by cold, bleak, misty weather Perhaps it s a heritage that goes back to ancestors who dug in dank Irish peat bogs, herded hill sheep in a Lancashire winter, or lived by a canal in Essex, but cold damp Stockholm in December suits me just fine There is a freshness to the air, a sense of possibility No This is how to book starts This is how you or your child will become a Nobel Prize winner in a few easy steps.Chapter two goes further away from the stated goal and dives into what OTHERS should do to make the guy look better Of course, he has no practical experience, but that does not stop him from having an expert oppinion.Chapter three dives right in the subject It starts with graduate, maybe even postgraduate student So time is not an issue here And the life and experiences before are useless Good Children should play But, wait It takes a lot of brown nosing to become a postgraduate And it gets worse, a lot worse, as the country written on the passport cover is poorer The types of science that are recognised by Nobel Prizes deal with universals that recognise no national or international boundaries Both the contributions to human knowledge and the resulting technologies are potentially available to all But the practice of science, its funding and the regard in which it is held differs from one society to another These differences can influence the careers of individuals and the fate of nations, and can also have profound effects on humanity as a whole, and the survival of our species Well, the guy can t really tell propaganda from reality But he is an expert And he is able to write So who cares In a lecture in Hong Kong University, the Nobel winner for Physiology and Medicine 2008, Fran oise Barr Sinoussi said To win the Nobel Prize, one must not WANT a Nobel Prize I believed her And by chance a fellow course mate gifted me this book and now I am jinxed This book in itself is not an idiot s guide pun intended to win the Nobel Prize It is a book about thoughts on how fundamental science impact the world, the need for science to inform policies, and overall, serves as a motivational tool for young, na ve scientists still grappling with the reality that while we play at work with our experiments and able to day dream ideas all day it does not pay the bill It also serves as a reminder that no matter how hard one works, there still needs to be a little element of luck involved and even if success, riches, and glory doesn t happen if we love what we do, then it is still okay I love how the author treated this book as a semi autobiography In a way it is different than Watson s The Double Helix, which focussed solely on his Nobel winning discovery I love that book too and Jim Watson is another personal hero of mine, with the exception of his, Crick s and Wilkin s initial treatment to Rosalind Franklin which was clarified in the book and how Rosalind ended up working for Watson in her later years I personally enjoyed Doherty s almost comic way of narrating his experience at the Nobel ceremony and his jest about Australians in general Minor criminality is embedded in the Australian experience on testing their assay on different mouse strains without explicit permission from the lab head Only the Ozzies Another example is Barry Marshall and his ingestion of H.pylori to prove a point and I love the whole rags to riches story about dreaming big despite coming from a small town and chasing one s dreams one step at a time Doherty did not dream of the Nobel prize, all he was obsessed with was understanding the immunopathology of infection There s a bigger motivational life story and overall discussion about life within this book I think that many will benefit from reading it, not just scientists. Review of The Beginner s Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize A Life in Science by Peter Doherty.CITATION Doherty, P 2007 The Beginner s Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize A Life in Science Melbourne Miegunyah Press.REVIEWER Dr W P PalmerPeter Doherty was awarded the Nobel prize for physiology and medicine jointly with a Swiss colleague, Rolf Zinkernagel, for their work on the nature of the cellular immune defence in 1996.The title should be taken with a pinch of salt as no one could plan a career so as to win a Nobel Prize Doherty s 282 page book is not always serious, providing several humorous anecdotes and quotes It helps to have a sense of humour and, when you are talking the talk and walking the walk, to look down as well as up which is to avoid stepping in the metaphorical deep doo doo The book is informative, proving mainly interesting reading, though I did find it dull in parts it is sincere throughout and as Doherty becomes less involved in practical day to day research, he gives a lot of time to helping the image of science in Australia His chapter 7 Through different prisms science and religion touches on evolution and creationism and abortion issues and will not be appreciated by all, though he generally keeps to a middle of the road scientific viewpoint.It is a book worthwhile reading.BILL PALMER Not one of the best books on science, considering I ve read a lot of them Doherty skips around a lot and really spends too much time on some of the subjects here As a scientist, I didn t really find it all that useful I guess it would be better for people who were entering graduate school or for college science majors who want to get a deeper understanding of what life in academic research looks like.All in all, I think there are better books out there The bar for this sort of thing is set very, very high I think Doherty especially suffers in the comparison I wish he d given personal anecdotes, background on what made him want to be a scientist and how he got there That s what I typically look for.I d sum it up this way A book by a scientist written by a scientist in a typical scientist style If you are a scientist, especially an immunologist, you ll probably like it better than a general audience would. Peter Doherty is an australian Nobel Prize winner, and in this book he explains very well how it is to be immersed as a researcher in academy He discusses about his own research, about the issues and possible solutions of australian research centres, and about academy life in general, both with the early graduate student perspective and the senior researcher perspective, among other thinks.Inspite its name, this is an ideal book for those who want to pursue a career in biology medicine research However, it becomes very technical from time to time, and the non technical reader gets confunsed very easily with all the complicated words Fot those who are interested in a career in academy in any other subject than biology or medicine, the book is interesting and advisable too, but you should avoid the technical chapters. Ok, here we go I honestly think Peter should say his gratitude for his scientific achievements and just stop writing After reading two of his books Knowledge Wars and this particular abomination I can see that he is just not cut for that kind of gripping, engaging and mellifluous writing that a lot of people like me who decide to read nonfiction are looking for The book was mostly redundant with a blatantly clickbaity title What he has managed to say in 200 words could have been said in 4 pages and he actually tries at the end of the book.I feel like I have wasted my money TWICE NOW on his books, wouldn t read an other book of his even it turns up on my university reading list What a disappointment.