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I've read this long transcript of a speech given by Richard Hamming:

http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/YouAndYourResearch.html

It was an amazingly good speech in my view, and extremely interesting.

So my question is: Do you know of more articles like this? Articles or transcripts of speeches by successful scientists giving their life's wisdom and advice in condensed form? I've read a lot of philosophy and history of science, and while that is very interesting, supplementing it with more practical insights by scientists (rather than philosophers or historians of science) is helpful.

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  • $\begingroup$ You might want to supplement such reading with something such as xkcd.com/1827 $\endgroup$ – Peter Taylor Dec 22 '17 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ Poincare wrote several books on the philosophy of science and of mathematics. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$ – Peter Diehr Jan 2 '18 at 1:30
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Gian-Carlo Rota, Ten lessons I wish I had been taught, published in his book Indiscrete thoughts, Springer 2008 (can be also found on Internet).

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  • $\begingroup$ very good :) more of this. $\endgroup$ – user56834 Dec 22 '17 at 7:36
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Santiago Ramón y Cajal wrote Reglas y consejos sobre investigación científica, translated into English as Advice for a Young Investigator.

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