In every technologically advanced country in the world there are professionals—some working at night in small isolated laboratories, some ensconced comfortably with arrays of assistants on large university campuses, some working with small groups of colleagues in.industrial laboratories—all confident of making significant contributions to understanding in their own narrow half-acre of expertise. Some make it, as measured by prestige and significant scientific contributions; many don’t. The competition is intense, and the external satisfactions are often few.
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