Mind, Life, and Universe

Mind, Life, and Universe

Conversations With Great Scientists of Our Time

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Chelsea House
Nearly forty of the world's most esteemed scientists discuss the big questions that drive their illustrious careers. Co-editor Eduardo Punset—one of Spain's most loved personages for his popularization of the sciences—interviews an impressive collection of characters drawing out the seldom seen personalities of the world's most important men and woman of science. In Mind, Life and Universe they describe in their own words the most important and fascinating aspects of their research. Frank and often irreverent, these interviews will keep even the most casual reader of science books rapt for hours.

Can brain science explain feelings of happiness and despair? Is it true that chimpanzees are just like us when it comes to sexual innuendo? Is there any hard evidence that life exists anywhere other than on the Earth? Through Punset's skillful questioning, readers will meet one scientist who is passionate about the genetic control of everything and another who spends her every waking hour making sure African ecosystems stay intact. The men and women assembled here by Lynn Margulis and Eduardo Punset will provide a source of endless interest.

In captivating conversations with such science luminaries as Jane Goodall, James E. Lovelock, Oliver Sachs, and E. O. Wilson, Punset reveals a hidden world of intellectual interests, verve, and humor. Science enthusiasts and general readers alike will devour Mind, Life and Universe, breathless and enchanted by its truths.

Chelsea Green Publishing

Nearly forty of the world's most esteemed scientists discuss the big questions that drive their illustrious careers. Co-editor Eduardo Punset—one of Spain's most loved personages for his popularization of the sciences—interviews an impressive collection of characters drawing out the seldom seen personalities of the world's most important men and woman of science. InMind, Life and Universe they describe in their own words the most important and fascinating aspects of their research. Frank and often irreverent, these interviews will keep even the most casual reader of science books rapt for hours.

Can brain science explain feelings of happiness and despair? Is it true that chimpanzees are just like us when it comes to sexual innuendo? Is there any hard evidence that life exists anywhere other than on the Earth? Through Punset's skillful questioning, readers will meet one scientist who is passionate about the genetic control of everything and another who spends her every waking hour making sure African ecosystems stay intact. The men and women assembled here by Lynn Margulis and Eduardo Punset will provide a source of endless interest.

In captivating conversations with such science luminaries as Jane Goodall, James E. Lovelock, Oliver Sachs, and E. O. Wilson, Punset reveals a hidden world of intellectual interests, verve, and humor. Science enthusiasts and general readers alike will devourMind, Life and Universe, breathless and enchanted by its truths.



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Ecologist David Suzuki introduces interviews with 37 leading scientists conducted by Punset (a Spanish science popularizer whose 2004 Cara a Cara (Face to Face) was the basis of this book) conveying the passion of scientific inquiry and emphasizing the continuum of life. Per Margulis (geosciences, U. of Massachusetts, Amherst), these readings are for those who agree that "science is the only news...." This news includes insights about primates from Jane Goodall; psychologists on happiness, stress, and consciousness; biologists on evolution; geneticists on immortality; and physicists on the universe's multiple dimensions. The book includes art and biographical sketches of the contributors, readings recommended by them, and a geological timeline. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2007
ISBN: 9781933392431
1933392436
9781933392615
1933392614
Characteristics: xx, 358 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Punset, Eduard 1936-
Margulis, Lynn 1938-

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