Curious Minds is a book of original, autobiographical essays by twenty-seven scientists, including Paul Davies, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Freeman Dyson, Murray Gell-Mann, Nicholas Humphrey, Lynn Margulis, Steven Pinker and Robert M. Sapolsky. Each writer attempts to identify that moment or those influences in his or her youth which triggered the determination to become a scientist. Was there a particular event or set of circumstances? To what extent did parents, peers of teachers contribute? Why mathematics rather than psychology; why biology rather than physics? What were the turning points, mistakes, epiphanies? Personal, passionate, revealing, enthralling, Curious Minds tells as much about life as it does about science.
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"What makes a child decide to become a scientist?
-For Robert Sapolsky-Stanford professor of biology-it was an argument with a rabbi over a passage in the Bible.
-Physicist Lee Smolin traces his inspiration to a volume of Einstein's work, picked up as a diversion from heartbreak.
-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist and the author of "Flow, found his calling through Descartes.
Murray Gell-Mann, Nicholas Humphrey, Freeman Dyson . . . 27 scientists in all write about what it was that sent them on the path to their life's work. Illuminating memoir meets superb science writing in stories that invite us to consider what it is-and what it isn't-that sets the scientific mind apart.
John Brockman is founder and CEO of Brockman, Inc., an international literary and software agency; president of Edge Foundation, Inc.; publisher and editor of Edge, a Web site presenting the third culture in action; and co-founder of rightscenter.com, Inc., an Internet company. He is the author and/or editor of four books about science. He lives in New York.
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Book Description Vintage, 2005 9780099469469, 2005. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. NEW paperback.236 pages. Well reviewed - New Scientist called it "an engrossing treat of a book" and "crammed with hugely enjoyable anecdotes". The author set out to interview eminent scientists about their childhood influences. Interviewees include Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Stephen Pinker and Lee Smolin. Bookseller Inventory # 576