Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist
Vintage Books, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 236 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 ofFlow, 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 pathsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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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