During the course of Dutch physicist and Spinoza Prize-winner Ad Lagendijk’s long and influential career, he has published more than 300 articles, supervised over thirty doctoral dissertations, and given countless presentations and conference addresses. Over the years, his incisive consultations, tips, and rules for scientific study have proven themselves so beneficial to the emerging scientists under his watch that he has been inundated with requests for a written version. Aimed primarily at undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, this essential guide presents Lagendijk’s practical how-to advice on topics such as writing scientific texts, presenting data and research information, and the writing and reading of collegial emails. Each section is organised by a collection of short rules, outlined and numbered in a logical order as selfexplanatory pieces of information – allowing the reader the freedom to study any number of them in any desired order. But it doesn’t stop there: many of the hints, in particular those referring to presentations, are of invaluable use for a much broader audience of professionals, up to consultants and (public) managers.
Survival Guide for Scientists is complimented by www.sciencesurvivalblog.com where Lagendijk and others explore ways of making scientific writing more effective.
Ad Lagendijk is group leader at the FOM-Institute Amolf in Amsterdam, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Amsterdam and professor of physics at the University of Twente.