Jeff's View

Jeff's View

on Science and Scientists

1st Edition - November 7, 2005

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  • Author: Gottfried Schatz
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444521330
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080495927

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Jeff’s Views provide witty, insightful, and thought-provoking looks into the life of a modern scientist. From starting off to letting go, Gottfried (“Jeff”) Schatz leads us through the trials and triumphs of scientific life. With his tongue firmly in his cheek, and his humour always intact, the Austrian essayist leads us through the confusing and seemingly insurmountable hill that is the career path of European scientists. In addition to giving useful insights into how to get funding, give seminars, and still find time to make that leading edge scientific discovery, Jeff explores the philosophical dimensions of recent biological breakthroughs such as the sequencing of the human genome, the evolution of sensory receptors, and cellular suicide. Gottfried Schatz is one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of bioenergetics and mitochondria biology. Born in a small Austrian village, he started his scientific career at the University of Graz, and ended it as President of the Swiss Science and Technology Council. With stints as a violinist in Austrian opera houses, professorships in the USA and Switzerland, and numerous prestigious awards along the way, Jeff is a true European, whose unique, and often controversial, viewpoints are appreciated by scientists and politicians alike. These essays look at science from a very personal angle – often critical, sometimes sad, but always with excitement, wonder, and admiration. It is hoped that they will make you look at science with a slightly different view.

Key Features

*Witty, insightful, and thought-provoking looks into life of a modern scientist
*Provides useful insights on how to get funding, give seminars, and still find time to make that scientific discovery
*Explores recent breakthroughs in science: genome sequencing, sensory receptor evolution, and cellular suicide


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Table of Contents

  • Letter to a young scientist; How not to give a seminar; Me and my genome; My other genomes; The tragic matter; My secret university; Mighty manganese; My two blues; Postdocs; The art of stepping back; Networks, fretworks ; Euro-Blues; The severed chains; Five easy steps to get rid of your lab; The risks of playing safe; Chauvinism in science; Letting go

Product details

  • No. of pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2005
  • Published: November 7, 2005
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444521330
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080495927

About the Author

Gottfried Schatz

Affiliations and Expertise

Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland

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  • willemstaels Mon Oct 14 2019

    Excellent collection of essays

    Loved reading the authors’ reflexions

  • WayneDawson Tue Dec 25 2018

    Probably even more true now that it was in 2004

    This is certainly a sincere caveat to aspiring scientist and a consolation for scientists at any age who -- for misfortunes often not of entirely of their own making -- find themselves ground up and spit out by the system. Endlessly, you may be asking yourself "why?" Well, at least Gottfried (“Jeff”) Schatz gets to the heart of what seems to be wrong with the picture. Exactly what to do about it seems beyond the scope of these short articles, but it is wisdom and even concisely expressing what has gone wrong with the system is still a step forward. I think science is a good field for certain people and I can say that I have somehow survived despite the many things that Jeff Schatz points out. If you find your way into a good situation by your abilities and a share of very fortunate luck, consider reading Jeff's Views from time to time to assess how you are contributing to the bigger picture and consider it an admonition if you see yourself conforming to it.

  • María M. Wed Feb 07 2018

    Jeff's view

    I had previously read and enjoyed the fantastic essays on FEBS Letters and I couldn´t resist to buy the book to have the collection always at hand. They are very sharp visions about the world of science written with a great sense of humor. I strongly recommend it.