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Chapter 43 : The Bacterial Chromosome: A Physical Biologist’s Apology. A Perspective
I entered the bacterial chromosome field in 2004 as a fresh Ph.D. trained in theoretical physics. Ten years is not long enough for one to gain the depth and breadth of a scientific discipline of long history, certainly not for an early career scientist to write an essay of the status of A Mathematician’s Apology (Hardy 1940). Nevertheless, I agreed to write this perspective as a physicist who entered biology, because my colleagues are often curious to know what drives physicists to become (physical) biologists, and makes them stay in biology despite many challenges. I also wanted to share several lessons I have learned because, while some of them are personal and specific to my field, I have a good reason to believe that they might resonate with many future travelers. This perspective is for them.