Author(s): John Brockman (ed.)
Curious Minds is a book of original, autobiographical essays by twenty-seven scientists, including Paul Davies, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Freeman Dyson, Murray Gell-Mann, Nicholas Humphrey, Lynn Margulis, Steven Pinker and Robert M. Sapolsky. Each writer attempts to identify that moment or those influences in his or her youth which triggered the determination to become a scientist. Was there a particular event or set of circumstances? To what extent did parents, peers of teachers contribute? Why mathematics rather than psychology; why biology rather than physics? What were the turning points, mistakes, epiphanies? Personal, passionate, revealing, enthralling, Curious Minds tells as much about life as it does about science.
Some of the world's greatest scientists reveal how they discovered their vocation and became committed to a life of science. 20050217
John Brockman is founder and CEO of Brockman, Inc., an international literary and software agency; president of Edge Foundation, Inc.; publisher and editor of Edge, a Web site presenting the third culture in action; and co-founder of rightscenter.com, Inc., an Internet company. He is the author and/or editor of four books about science. He lives in New York.