A Life of Science: Wisdom from Conversations with 11 Distinguished Chinese American Scientists
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Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Ovo Press (November 1, 2006)

Edition: First

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0975277804

ISBN-13: 978-0975277805

Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.7 x 0.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Product Description
A Life of Science is a roadmap to success for high school to college students who are starting to think about their future careers. Conversations with these extraordinary people, coming from a diverse range of fields, reveal much about their lives, research, experiences, and thoughts. This book answers questions of crucial importance: why one chooses a path of science, what the life of a scientist is like, and what it takes to be great.

From the Publisher
A Life of Science is a roadmap to success for high school to college students who are starting to think about their future careers. Conversations with these extraordinary people, coming from a diverse range of fields, reveal much about their lives, research, experiences, and thoughts. This book answers questions of crucial importance: why one chooses a path of science, what the life of a scientist is like, and what it takes to be great.

We present each scientist in three sections:

1. Biography
Each scientist's piece begins with a short biography. This introduction presents a brief overview of the scientist's life and work. To give a quick and broad sweep over all of the scientists' achievements, we have included capsule biographies in an appendix.

2. Interview
After the biographical appetizer, we present the main course--the interview. We have organized each sprawling conversation into compact topical categories to make your reading experience purpose driven and the scientists' information easier to digest in bite-size portions.

3. What We Can Learn
Each scientist's section concludes with a section called What We Can Learn, a recipe for the scientist's success. This piece contains the essence of the advice we received from each scientist. It is the epitome of the wisdom of each scientist and the fundamental takeaway from their experience and many years of failures, struggles, and triumphs. We believe that reading the What We Can Learn section without first experiencing the whole interview will lessen the insights that the scientists have to share. If you are able to keep the interview context in mind while reading this section, you will come away with the greatest advantage.

From the Inside Flap
A Life of Science sets out to discover what one can do to become a fantastic dreamer, creative thinker, accomplished achiever and, ultimately, a great scientist or a success in any career--from the wisdom of 11 renowned Chinese American scientists, in their own words.

Young scientists Andrew Hsu and Patrick Hsu interviewed 11 of the most successful Chinese American scientists to find what makes them tick, and what we can learn from them. Each engaging interview begins with questions about the scientist's early life, transitions into their personal and professional growth, and ends with their thoughts and advice. Great efforts were made to keep many of the research details readable for students with a high school science background, yet specific enough to be interesting for advanced university students.

The goal of this book is to uncover: What influenced them to choose science, how they transformed from students into scientists and matured into notable careers, how they accomplished what they did, what struggles, setbacks, and failures they endured along the way, how they gave back to society and the next generation, how they chose the right problems to work on and why that is important, advice they have for students today, the most important things they have learned - as scientists and as people, the influences of mentors on their growth, and the most memorable episodes (in both life and research) that they would like to share.

At the end of each conversation, the secrets of success for these elite scientists are summarized and shared through the What We Can Learn section, a list of the most important takeaways and lessons from the scientists.

About the Author
Andrew Hsu, born in 1991, is a senior at the University of Washington. A triple major in Neurobiology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry, with a minor in Mathematics, his future goal is to conduct stem cell and neurobiology research focusing on the human brain and eventually find cures for deadly and crippling diseases. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, TIME For Kids magazine, and National Geographic Kids magazine. His story has been included in a 4th grade text book that will be published by Macmillan. He is the author of a previous book, Not Just a Prodigy, published in Taiwan and China.