Science consists fundamentally of “a search for truth and understanding through the acquisition and interpretation of factual information derived from observation or experimentation,” and scientific research consists of “explorations directed toward understanding natural phenomena.” Prime requirements for a life in science are adequate preparation, hard work, brilliant insights, intelligent analyses, and timely syntheses. If this were the totality, much of science could be characterized as satisfying, but also a suburb of Dullsville. Fortunately there is another entire dimension to the practice of science, floating in free-form above the laboratory benches, the meeting rooms, and the conference mixers--providing pleasure and challenge to many. This I have described as “Scientific Game Playing”; it is really a conglomerate of interpersonal strategies which ensure maximum rewards and satisfactions from a scientific career. It has a vital base in productivity and credibility in science, but moves far beyond those essential but somewhat mundane ingredients.
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