Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a ScientistUser Review - Evelyn - Goodreads
The first third of the essays didn't do anything for me, especially the very first since it seemed a litany of connections. Much more interesting were the ones by Freeman Dyson, Richard Dawkins, Janna Levin, &c. I wish to steep myself in more science writing, particularly Darwin. Read full review
Review: Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a ScientistUser Review - Goodreads
Each distinguished scientist wrote a short essay answering the question, "How did you become a scientist?" The respondents ran the gambit with insight and humor. I laughed out loud several times ...