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  • ISBN: 0375422919
  • Physical Description: print
    xii, 236 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2004.

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Formatted Contents Note: A family affair / Nicholas Humphrey -- The bungling apprentice / David M. Buss -- Mountain gorilla and yeshiva boy / Robert M. Sapolsky -- Safety in numbers / Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi -- My father and Albert Einstein / Murray Gell-Mann -- A midcentury modern education / Alison Gopnik -- Cosmology calls / Paul C.W. Davies -- Member of the club / Freeman J. Dyson -- A strange beautiful girl in a car / Lee Smolin -- How we may have become what we are / Steven Pinker -- Patterns and the participant observer / Mary Catherine Bateson -- Mixing it up / Lynn Margulis -- A childhood between realities / Jaron Lanier -- Dolittle and Darwin / Richard Dawkins -- One way of making a social scientist / Howard Gardner -- Brains through the back door / Joseph Ledoux -- The objects of our lives / Sherry Turkle -- Intellectual promiscuity / Marc D. Hauser -- Tom Swift Jr. and the power of ideas / Ray Kurzweil -- A day in the life of a child / Janna Levin -- Toward the worm / Rodney Brooks -- The everyday practice of physics in Silver City, New Mexico / J. Doyne Farmer -- The math of the real world / Steven Strogatz -- At large in the mountains / Tim White -- The making of a scientist / V.S. Ramachandran -- What I want to be when I grow up / Daniel C. Dennett -- The gift of solitude / Judith Rich Harris.
Subject: Scientists Biography

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2004 September #1
    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, Steven Pinker, V.S. Ramachandran, and others from the worlds of mathematics, physics, psychology, biology, and anthropology present miniature autobiographies in which they describe the influences that led them into their present areas of expertise. Decisions to follow science did not arise as epiphanies but through serendipitous events, natural aptitudes, family encouragement, and intellectual arousal. Pinker ascribes "genes and chance" to explain why people go into science. From these diverse essays, readers can assemble their own recipe for what attracts scientists to their career specialties. An interesting overview for popular and academic science collections.Ă„Rita Hoots, Woodland Coll., CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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