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We Are All Stardust : Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk About Their Work, Their Lives and What They

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World-leading natural and social scientists shed light on their discoveries and lives in conversation with an award-winning science writerWhen acclaimed science writer Stefan Klein asks Nobel Prize– winning chemist Roald Hoffmann what sets scientists apart, Hoffmann says, “First and foremost, curiosity.” In this collection of intimate conversations with 19 of the world’s best-known scientists (including three Nobel Laureates), Klein lets us listen in as today’s leading minds reveal what they still hope to discover—and how their paradigm-changing work entwines with their lives outside the lab.From the sports car that physicist Steven Weinberg says helped him on his quest for “the theory of everything” to the jazz musicians who gave psychologist Alison Gopnik new insight into raising children, scientists explain how they find inspiration everywhere. Hear from:
  • Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on selfishness
  • Anthropologist Sarah Hrdy on motherhood
  • Primatologist Jane Goodall on animal behavior
  • Neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran on consciousness
  • Geographer Jared Diamond on chance in history
  • And other luminaries!

Nineteen brilliantly led conversations with a sterling roster of natural and social scientists, shedding new light on their ideas, discoveries?and lives.

How does Jane Goodall?s relationship with her dog Rusty inform her thinking about our relationship to other species? Which time and place would Jared Diamond most prefer to live in, in light of his work on the role of chance in history? What does driving a sports car have to do with Steven Weinberg?s quest for the ?theory of everything??

Physicist and journalist Stefan Klein?s intimate conversations with nineteen of the world?s best-known scientists (including three Nobel Laureates) let us listen in as they talk about their paradigm-changing work?and how it is deeply rooted in their daily lives.

? Cosmologist Martin Rees on the beginning and end of the world
? Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on egoism and selflessness
? Neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran on consciousness
? Molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn on aging
? Philosopher Peter Singer on morality
? Physician and social scientist Nicholas Christakis on human relationships
? Biochemist Craig Venter on the human genome
? Chemist and poet Roald Hoffmann on beauty

Edition: Translation
Number of Pages: 264
Genre: Science, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Philosophy + Social Aspects, Science + Technology, History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Workman Pub Co
Author: Stefan Klein
Language: English
Street Date: November 3, 2015
TCIN: 16188626
UPC: 9781615190591
Item Number (DPCI): 247-28-0411
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