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November 29, 2012

1999: Advice for a Young Investigator and 2006: The Parallax View

We’re featuring a completely random pair of books for day 35 of our 50th anniversary series: Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Advice for a Young Investigator and Slavoj Žižek’s The Parallax View.

Advice for a Young Investigator

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

Our brain is an organ of action that is directed toward practical tasks; it does not appear to have been built for discovering the ultimate causes of things, but rather for determining their immediate causes and invariant relationships. And whereas this may appear to be very little, it is in fact a great deal. Having been granted the immense advantage of participating in the unfolding of our world, and of modifying it to life’s advantage, we may proceed quite nicely without knowing the essence of things.




The Parallax View

In the August 27, 2009 edition of the Times Higher Education’s “What are you reading” feature, scholar-reviewer Paul Taylor gave the following mini review of The Parallax View:

“A remarkable demonstration of continental philosophical and psychoanalytical pyrotechnics. More provocative ideas per page than normally found in whole books by the dull anglophone empiricists who find him so threatening.”



Our 50 influential journal articles are listed here. The articles are in chronological order and will be freely available through the end of 2012.

For information about the MIT Press’ history, check out our 50th anniversary page.

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