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Curious Minds How a Child Becomes a Scientist

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ISBN-10: 1400076862

ISBN-13: 9781400076864

Edition: N/A

Authors: John Brockman

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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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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.440

acknowledgments
Introduction
A Family Affair
The Bungling Apprentice
Mountain
Safety in Numbers
My Father and Albert Einstein Alison GopnikA Midcentury Modern Education
Cosmology Calls
Member of the Club
A Strange Beautiful Girl in a Car
How We May Have Become What We Are
Patterns and the Participant Observer
Mixing It Up
A Childhood Between Realities
Dolittle and Darwin Howard Gardner
One Way ofMaking a Social Scientist
Brains Through the Back Door
The Objects of Our Lives
Intellectual Promiscuity
Tom Swift Jr. and the Power of Ideas
A Day in the Life of a Child
Toward the
The Everyday Practice of Physics in Silver City, New Mexico
The Math of the Real World
At Large in the Mountains
The Making of a Scientist
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up
The Gift of Solitude