The Nobel Book of Answers: The Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, and Other Nobel Prize Winners Answer Some of Life's Most Intriguing Questions for Young People

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 254 pages
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IF YOU COULD ASK A NOBEL PRIZE WINNER ANYTHING YOU WANTED...

Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has honored the world's great geniuses in the most important fields: physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economics, and world peace. What if children could ask these creative thinkers about some of life's most intriguing mysteries, such as "Why can't I live on french fries?" and "What is love?" The answers from the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, Desmond Tutu, and seventeen other Nobel Prize laureates are rich with surprise, humor, and of course, wisdom. Every single answer will make you think...and learn something new.

WHAT IS LOVE?

The Dalai Lama

WHY CAN'T I LIVE ON FRENCH FRIES?

Richard J. Roberts

WHAT IS POLITICS?

Shimon Peres

WHY IS THE SKY BLUE?

Mario J. Molina

WHY DO I FORGET SOME THINGS AND NOT OTHERS?

Erwin Neher

WHY DO WE HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL?

Kenzaburo Oe

WHY IS THERE WAR?

Desmond Tutu

WHY DO WE FEEL PAIN?

Gunter Blobel

HOW DO I WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE?

Mikhail Gorbachev

WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE RICH AND OTHERS POOR?

Daniel L. McFadden

...AND ELEVEN OTHER RESPONSES

 

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Contents

How Do I Win the Nobel Prize?
1
Why Can French Fries?
11
Why Do We Have to Go to School?
24
Why Are Some People Rich and Others Poor?
38
Why Do We Have Scientists?
51
What Is Love?
62
Why Do We Feel Pain?
71
Why Is Pudding Soft and Stone Hard?
81
Why Is There War?
141
Why Do Mom and Dad Have to Work?
155
What Is Air?
166
Why Do I Get Sick?
180
Why Are Leaves Green?
192
Why Do I Forget Some Things and Not Others?
201
Why Are There Boys and Girls?
216
Why Does 1+12?
228

What Is Politics?
91
Why Is the Sky Blue
103
How Does the Telephone Work?
115
Will I soon Have a Clone?
128
Will the Earth Keep Turning?
243
Acknowledgments
254
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About the author (2003)

Bettina Stiekel was born in the north German city of Hamburg. She graduated from Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University with an honors degree in German Literature while working at Sueddeutsche Zeitung magazine as an editor. It was during this period that she collected the answers from the Nobel Prize winners for this book. Now a journalist with Der Spiegel, magazine, Bettina lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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