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TO THE YOUNG SCIENTIST: REFLECTIONS ON DOING AND LIVING SCIENCE by Fred Bortz (Franklin Watts, 1997, ages 12-up, 128 pp.) Reinforced library binding, ISBN#0-531-11325-7
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Successful scientists and engineers see their work as one important aspect of a full life. They enjoy the process of discovery and/or creation, and know that their work has the potential to make a difference in the lives of many others. A life in science or technology can be rich, interesting, and rewarding. The work is challenging, significant, and -- most important -- a very human endeavor, with all the positives and negatives that go along with that phrase.

The book presents a mural of the scientific life, with each chapter illustrating one or more aspects of that life by example. Each section of the mural is colorful, distinctive, and appealing; but only when seen in its totality does its broad message emerge. Each chapter tells the story of one very interesting scientific or technological area and profiles one or more exemplary individuals making significant contributions to that area.

The selected individuals are all personally exemplary. They include a few whose names and work are famous; the work of most, however, is well known only to their professional peers. They include both men and women and people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Their work covers a broad range of fields: physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and technology.

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Text copyright 1999 by Alfred B. Bortz, all rights reserved

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