By P. B. Medawar
To these attracted to a existence in technology, Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel laureate, deflates the myths of invincibility, superiority, and genius; as a substitute, he demonstrates it's normal feel and an inquiring brain which are necessary to the scientist’s calling. He deflates the myths surrounding scientists—invincibility, superiority, and genius; as a substitute, he argues that it's common experience and an inquiring brain which are necessary to the make-up of a scientist. He provides many wry observations on tips to decide on a study subject, tips on how to get alongside wih collaborators and older scientists and directors, how (and how now not) to offer a systematic paper, and the way to deal with culturally ”superior” experts within the arts and arts.
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But even if they are not especially proficient the scientific profession has special attractions for intelligent women; self-interest has long persuaded universities and the great research organizations to give women equality of treatment with men. This equality of treatment moreover is that which comes from equality of merit, not that which represents an enforced and perhaps reluctant acquiescence in the newly devised statutory obligations that now require employ20 Sexism and Racism in Science I 21 ers to treat women as if they were human beings.
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