by Edward O Wilson

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Do you have a young, budding scientist in your life? E.O. Wilson, the "Father of Sociobiology" and the creator of the online Encyclopedia of Life reflects back on his childhood, education, and career to share valuable, applicable advice about cultivating a passion for science. I read this book aloud with my 10 and 12-year olds. I found some of his advice surprising and helpful, such as don't worry if you're not a math whiz - you can find a statistical collaborator when working on research. Most importantly, Wilson has a great ability to express the wonder, awe, and significance of scientific discovery. My daughters thought the book suffered from Wilson's overly-detailed descriptions of his research on ant biology, and I would have to agree. Nevertheless, a young person with a singular  enthusiasm for the sciences will find lots of encouragement and direction in this work.

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