The late Richard Hamming, of Bell Labs and the Naval Postgraduate School, has given a great lecture, with title "You and Your Research." He talked about the personal aspects of research. Not how you do it, but how you feel about, what makes you do it.

If you want to be a scientist, then read what wise scientists had to say about their work.

  • Norbert Wiener: "I Am a Mathematician," MIT Press, 1956.
  • Richard Feynman: "Surely You Are Joking Mr Feynman," Norton, 1985.
  • Peter Medawar: "Advice to a Young Scientist," Harper, 1979.
  • Peter Medawar: "Memoirs of a Thinking Radish," Oxford University Press, 1986.
  • J.D. Watson: "The Double Helix," Atheneum, New York, 1968.
  • Paul Halmos: "Automathography".
  • Lewis Thomas: "The Youngest Science," Viking Press, 1983.
  • Donald J. Albers and G.L. Alexanderson (eds.): "Mathematical People," Birkhaeuser, 1985.