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

Author: Stefan Klein
Publisher: New York : The Experiment, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nineteen brilliantly led conversations with a sterling roster of natural and social scientists, shedding new light on their ideas, discoveries and lives. How does Jane Goodall's relationship with her dog Rusty inform her thinking about our relationship to other species? Which time and place would Jared Diamond most prefer to live in, in light of his work on the role of chance in history? What does driving a sports  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stefan Klein
ISBN: 9781615190591 1615190597
OCLC Number: 840937570
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: xv, 264 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: On the courage to spend a lifetime searching --
We are all stardust : on the beginning and end of the world / cosmologist Martin Rees --
The genes of the good : on egoism and selflessness / evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins --
In the hall of illusions : on consciousness / neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran --
The recalcitrant zebra : on chance and necessity in history / physiologist and geographer Jared Diamond --
Chimps are individuals like us : on our relationship to animals / primatologist Jane Goodall --
The unity of the world : on science and religion / physicist Steven Weinberg --
Can we become immortal? : on aging / molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn --
Is luxury immoral? : on ethics / philosopher Peter Singer --
Our well-being depends on our friends and their friends : on human relationships / physician and social scientist Nicholas Christakis --
The software of life : on the human genome / biochemist Craig Venter --
The poetry of molecules : on beauty / chemist and poet Roald Hoffmann --
Do you remember? : on memory / neurobiologist Hannah Monyer --
The others in our heads : on empathy / neuroscientist Vittorio Gallese --
The laws of devotion : on altruism / animal behavior researcher Raghavendra Gadagkar --
The hunger for fairness : on morality / economist Ernst Fehr --
The strongest feeling of all : on pain / neuropharmacologist Walter Zieglgänsberger --
The female side of evolution : on motherhood / anthropologist Sarah Hrdy --
Babies can be smarter than us : on childhood / developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik --
Love is the offspring of knowledge : on the beginning of modern scientific research / artist Leonardo Da Vinci.
Other Titles: Wir alle sind Sternenstaub.
Responsibility: Stefan Klein ; translated by Ross Benjamin.

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Nineteen brilliantly led conversations with a sterling roster of natural and social scientists, shedding new light on their ideas, discoveries and lives. How does Jane Goodall's relationship with her dog Rusty inform her thinking about our relationship to other species? Which time and place would Jared Diamond most prefer to live in, in light of his work on the role of chance in history? What does driving a sports car have to do with Steven Weinberg's quest for the theory of everything? Physicist and journalist Stefan Klein's intimate conversations with nineteen of the world's best-known scientists (including three Nobel Laureates) let us listen in as they talk about their paradigm-changing work and how it is deeply rooted in their daily lives. Cosmologist Martin Rees on the beginning and end of the world, Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on egoism and selflessness, Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran on consciousness, Molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn on aging, Philosopher Peter Singer on morality, Physician and social scientist Nicholas Christakis on human relationships, Biochemist Craig Venter on the human genome, and Chemist and poet Roald Hoffmann on beauty, among others.

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