By Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Santiago Ramon y Cajal used to be a mythic determine in technological know-how. Hailed because the father of recent anatomy and neurobiology, he used to be principally accountable for the fashionable notion of the mind. His groundbreaking works have been New rules at the constitution of the anxious process and H istology of the fearful method in guy and Vertebrates. as well as leaving a legacy of unheard of clinical examine, Cajal sought to teach the amateur scientist approximately how technological know-how was once performed and the way he notion 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in 1897, is an anecdotal advisor for the at a loss for words new investigator in addition to a fresh source for the outdated pro.
Cajal used to be a pragmatist, conscious of the pitfalls of being too idealistic -- and he had a feeling of humor, relatively glaring in his diagnoses of varied stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The publication covers every thing from precious character features for an investigator to social elements conducive to clinical paintings.
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Various procedures can be used to assess one’s aptitude for laboratory work. Based on my experience, I would recommend the following two: 1. Attempt to repeat some analytical method that is considered unreliable and difªcult until patience and hard work yield results similar to those published by the author. Pleasure derived from success, especially if it has come without the supervision of an instructor (that is, working alone), is a clear indication of aptitude for experimental work. CHP P. 22 2.
A stroll outside, contemplating works of art and photography, enjoying scenes such as monuments in different lands, the enchantment of music—and more than anything else the companionship of a person who understands us and carefully avoids all serious and reºective conversation—are the best ways for the laboratory worker to relax. ” In summary, all great work is the fruit of patience and perseverance, combined with tenacious concentration on a subject over a period of months or even years. Many illustrious scholars have conªrmed this when questioned about the secret of their creations.
Today the peace has been signed, Europe is in ruins, the naive Wilsonian concept of the League of Nations has failed, and the hatred of conquered people dreams of retaliation. We look with bitter skepticism at all juridical plans for lasting peace. It is sad to admit, but all nations become ferociously imperialistic as soon as possible, whether they be monarchies or republics. So much for the weak and unpatriotic! 2. Things are now somewhat different. The type of inventor whose efforts are driven by an eagerness for monetary gain is now common in Germany and, generally, in the other advanced nations.