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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"An engrossing treat of a book... Crammed with hugely enjoyable anecdotes...You'll have a wonderful time reading these reminiscences" ( New Scientist)
"These essays offer the idiosyncrasy and curiosity value that we expect of good, narrative history, combined with much fine writing... Absorbing and persuasive in just the way good stories are" ( Nature)
"consistently enthralling memoirs by leading thinkers...the result is a remarkably dud-free collection" ( Observer)
Some of the world's greatest scientists reveal how they discovered their vocation and became committed to a life of science.
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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
Book Description Vintage Books USA, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-133-46-0904000