Scientific research as a career
- Finlay MacRitchie.
- Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2011.
- Physical description
- xiii, 117 p. ; 23 cm.
- MacRitchie, Finlay.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Foreword Preface Introduction Motivation and Requisites for a Research Career Early Interest and a Simple Research Problem Importance of Combining Study with Experimentation References Scientific Training and Personal Development University Qualifications Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Degrees Research Ph.D. versus Combined Research and Course Work Imaginative and Regimented Thinking The Ph.D. Preliminary Examination Research versus Collecting Data Oral and Written Examinations Limitations of Statistics Accuracy: Are the Results What Are Intended to Be Measured? Where to after Graduation? Main Areas for Employment of Science Graduates Internships as a Precursor to Employment Networking, Joining Associations, Conference Presentations References The Scientific Method The Scientific Method, Empiricism, Induction Karl Popper: Analysis of Early 20th Century Theories Demarcation: A Criterion to Distinguish between Scienceand Nonscience Myths as Precursors of Scientific Hypotheses Exploratory Work Preceding Hypotheses Growth of Scientific Knowledge Dangers to Growth: Lack of Motivation for Inquiry, Misplaced Faith in Precision, Authoritarianism How Scientific Research Can Be Put Off Track Deliberately How Scientific Research Can Be Put Off Track Unintentionally References Attributes Required by Research Scientists Citations as a Criterion for Research Value Conceptual Thought Required to Form Hypotheses Detachment Perseverance Ethical Standards-Plagiarism Publication Service: Peer Reviewing Service: Serving on Awards Committees Grantsmanship Reference The Impact of Managerialism The Managerial Ideology Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) of Australia Reviews of CSIRO Effects of McKinsey Review Freedom of Expression in Science A False Premise Performance Criteria for Scientists Influence of Managerialism on Scientists The Risks of Corrupt Practices Coping with Effects of Managerial Stress References Leadership in Science Mentoring Supervision of Research Students Qualities Needed to Lead Scientific Research Servant Leadership The Inverted Pyramid The Future References Insights from Notable Scientists Marie Curie (1867-1934) Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) Irving Langmuir (1881-1957) Lise Meitner (1878-1968) Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) References Future Challenges for Scientific Research Two Areas for Change in Direction Why Are Humans the Only Species to Have Progressed Culturally? Why Present Funding Procedures for Research Are Unsatisfactory Stifling of Creativity in Science Can Stunt Future Economic Growth Suppression of Freedom Causes Stagnation of Knowledge The Need for a Change in the Working Environment for Research References Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- Describing the philosophy of the scientific method and the training and professional characteristics needed for a successful career, Scientific Research as a Career is a comprehensive "how-to" guide for the aspiring scientist. Based on the author's experience both as a scientist in a research organization and as a university mentor, the book covers: The interaction between management and leadership principles and scientific research Qualifications and attributes usually required to become a successful researcher History, application, and prerequisites of the scientific method and scientific progress Exploration of the careers of pivotal and influential scientists The author highlights the importance of networking and the value of forming contacts with colleagues, joining scientific associations, attending conferences, making presentations, and acting as chairs for conference sessions. He also touches on the many areas outside of "the science" that readers are likely to encounter during their career, such as mentoring, supervising research students, and managing a group. The book clearly delineates not only the challenges currently facing scientists, but also how to overcome them and achieve success in their careers.
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- Publication date
- 9781439869659 (pbk.)
- 1439869650 (pbk.)