Curious Minds

How a Child Becomes a Scientist

By John Brockman (Editor)
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400076864, 236pp.)

Publication Date: September 13, 2005

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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.



About the Author
The publisher of the online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of The Universe, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes. He is the founder of the literary agency Brockman, Inc., and lives in New York City.
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