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On Becoming a Biologist

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“We share a common bond with even the most bizarre beetle of the Peruvian rain forest,” asserts John Janovy Jr. “A belief in that common bond might, in fact, be the most fundamental characteristic of a biologist.” And biologists see the worth of a plant or an animal not in monetary terms but in its contribution to our understanding of life. The famous naturalist brings a ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 153 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Bison Books (first published 1985)
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Oct 18, 2012 R rated it it was amazing
If you are thinking of (like me) becoming a biologist—read it. Even if you aren't, this book should be able to appeal to anyone with even a slight interest in biological sciences. Janovy does not coddle the reader—he tells you the good and bad of biology with blinking. He offers very good advice and of course stresses, do what you love regardless of money and notoriety.
Jane
Dec 17, 2009 Jane rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: biology students
This book has career advice and so much more! It is an essay on the naturalist ethic, an honest look at the values of a professional or amateur biologist and a discussion of the responsibilities of a biologist. This is a wise and heartfelt invitation to spend your life studying life.
Bob Hole
May 27, 2014 Bob Hole rated it it was amazing
So much more than career advice. Anyone who wants to do anything could and should read this book. It's could be titled "On Becoming" and still be accurately titled. It's about a philosophy of being which translates to any vocation or avocation.
Heather
Sep 26, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read on the modern meaning of biology and its role in society. Both semi-autobiographical & thoughtful. I'm interested in reading the memoir mentioned in this book ("Yellow Legs"), but it seems to be out of print, unfortunately.
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