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Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist.

CURIOUS MINDS: How a Child Becomes a Scientist


To motivate readers to study science, Brockman set out to find the common threads and defining moments in the childhoods of some of today's greatest scientific minds. He asked these people to reveal the turning points, influences, epiphanies, peers, and mentors in their lives and careers. The responses he got make for revealing accounts and entertaining reading. People such as Lee Smolin, Steven Pinker, Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, and others report that they became intrigued and inspired by factors as disparate as reading Descartes, studying Hebrew, and watching Gilligan's Island on television. AS these scientific luminaries point out, there's no single recipe for cooking up a passion for science. Richard Dawkins writes about the influence of reading Dr. Doolittle stories, while Janna Levin cites Carl Sagan as her inspiration for learning more about the universe. However, a pattern emerges in this series of 27 essays. Each individual had a strong curiosity and passion for learning about many things as a child. Pantheon, 2004, 236 p., hardcover, $23.95.
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Date:Oct 9, 2004
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