Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 31, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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.

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This is a book which I enjoyed far, far more than I expected to - a book that, having read it, I want everyone I know to read and enjoy as well. This is despite the fact that I suspect the book hasn't ... Read full review

Curious minds: twenty-seven scientists describe what inspired them to choose their paths

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Just what turns a child on to science? This is the determinant that editor and author Brockman (The Next Fifty Years ) seeks to elicit in this collection of 27 essays. Notables like Robert Sapolsky ... Read full review


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John Brockman, editor of many books, including The Next Fifty Years, is also the author of By the Late John Brockman, The Third Culture, and Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite. He is the founder and CEO of Brockman Inc., a literary and software agency, and the publisher and editor of the Web site Edge. He lives in New York

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