Mind, Life and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time
Lynn Margulis, Eduardo Punset
Chelsea Green Publishing, Aug 15, 2007 - Science - 304 pages
Nearly forty of the world's most esteemed scientists discuss the big questions that drive their illustrious careers. Co-editor Eduardo Punset—one of Spain's most loved personages for his popularization of the sciences—interviews an impressive collection of characters drawing out the seldom seen personalities of the world's most important men and woman of science. In Mind, Life and Universe they describe in their own words the most important and fascinating aspects of their research. Frank and often irreverent, these interviews will keep even the most casual reader of science books rapt for hours.
Can brain science explain feelings of happiness and despair? Is it true that chimpanzees are just like us when it comes to sexual innuendo? Is there any hard evidence that life exists anywhere other than on the Earth? Through Punset's skillful questioning, readers will meet one scientist who is passionate about the genetic control of everything and another who spends her every waking hour making sure African ecosystems stay intact. The men and women assembled here by Lynn Margulis and Eduardo Punset will provide a source of endless interest.
In captivating conversations with such science luminaries as Jane Goodall, James E. Lovelock, Oliver Sachs, and E. O. Wilson, Punset reveals a hidden world of intellectual interests, verve, and humor. Science enthusiasts and general readers alike will devour Mind, Life and Universe, breathless and enchanted by its truths.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Paulagraph - LibraryThing
Mind, Life and Universe affords all the pleasures as well as the dissatisfactions of a short-format TV program(in fact, the 36 interviews with distinguished scientists presented here are excerpted ... Read full review
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Loved this book really interesting to read. I enjoyed hearing what each of these people do in there fields and why they love what they do. You get to know them a little and get to see why they love doing what they do. Read full review