We are all stardust : scientists who shaped our world talk about their work, their lives and what they still want to know

by Klein, Stefan, 1965-

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"What distinguishes scientists, in your eyes?" --Stefan Klein

"First and foremost, curiosity." --Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize-winning chemist

When Stefan Klein, an acclaimed journalist, sits down to talk with 18 of the world's leading scientists, he finds they're driven by, above all, curiosity. When they talk about their work, they turn to what's next, to what they still hope to discover. And they see inspiration everywhere: 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, they reveal how their paradigm-changing work entwines with their lives outside the lab. We hear from extraordinary natural and social scientists, including:

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on ego and selflessness Primatologist Jane Goodall on chimpanzee behavior Neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran on consciousness Geographer Jared Diamond on chance in history Anthropologist Sarah Hrdy on motherhood And cosmologist Martin Rees on how "ultimately we ourselves are stardust."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Physicist Klein (The Science of Happiness, 2006) conducted 19 interviews with scientists around the world on a wide range of traditional and unorthodox subjects. From popularly recognized names such as primatologist Jane Goodall and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins to cosmologist Martin Rees and anthropologist Sarah Hrdy, Klein has chosen an eclectic group to tackle everything from expected questions about their areas of study to issues concerning religion, morality, pain, and parenthood. The relaxed, question-and-answer format gives the book a freewheeling and comfortable air. Klein is exceedingly well read in the work of his interviewees, and they exchange ideas with ease, moving readily from deeply technical concepts to pop culture, making for a very welcome volume that will expose readers to all manner of topics that are likely new to them in a manner that focuses first on the lively personalities of the scientists while slowly diving into their work. Surprises abound, often from the least expected sources (the immortality of the single-celled ciliates!), and the book's diversionary aspect cannot be overrated. Truly enjoyable.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Scientists -- Interviews.
Science -- Philosophy.
Publisher New York :2015
Other Titles Wir alle sind Sternenstaub.
Language English
Notes "An earlier version of this book was originally published in German by S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 2010" -- Title page verso.
Description xv, 265 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781615190591 (pbk.)
1615190597 (pbk.)
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