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Edward O. Wilson


Letters to a Young Scientist

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Friday, May 24, 2013, 6pm

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Geological Hall

26 Oxford St., Cambridge

Free event parking beginning 5:30pm @ 52 Oxford Street Garage.

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Harvard Book Store and the Harvard Museum of Natural History are thrilled to welcome Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist EDWARD O. WILSON for a discussion of his new book, Letters to a Young Scientist.

Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career—both his successes and his failures—and his motivations for becoming a biologist. At a time in human history when our survival is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill, but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the oceans’ depths, Wilson instills a love of the innate creativity of science and a respect for the human being’s modest place in the planet’s ecosystem in his readers.

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