Mind, Life, and Universe: Conversations With Great Scientists of Our Time

Mind, Life, and Universe: Conversations With Great Scientists of Our Time

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by Lynn Margulis
     
 

ISBN-10: 1933392614

ISBN-13: 9781933392615

Pub. Date: 08/21/2007

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Nearly forty of the world's most esteemed scientists discuss the big questions that drive their illustrious careers. Coeditor Eduardo Punset—one of Spain's most loved personages for his popularization of the sciences— interviews an impressive collection of characters, drawing out their seldom-seen personalities. In Mind, Life and Universe, they describe in…  See more details below

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Nearly forty of the world's most esteemed scientists discuss the big questions that drive their illustrious careers. Coeditor Eduardo Punset—one of Spain's most loved personages for his popularization of the sciences— interviews an impressive collection of characters, drawing out their seldom-seen personalities. 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 meet one scientist who spends her waking hours assuring the freedom of African primates, another passionate about his idea that his wife's choice of husband was determined when she was a fetus, and another who explains the evidence for more than the standard four dimensions of length, width, height, and time.
In captivating conversations with such science luminaries as Richard Dawkins, Sheldon Glashow, Jane Goodall, James E. Lovelock, Lisa Randall, Robert Sapolski, Oliver Sacks, and E. O.Wilson, the editors reveal a unique, hidden world of intellectual interest, verve, and humor. Science enthusiasts and general readers alike will devour Mind, Life and Universe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933392615
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
08/21/2007
Series:
ScienceWriters Series
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   David T. Suzuki     vii
Introduction and Acknowledgments   Lynn Margulis     xv
People Primates
Culture before Humans
Intelligent Life on Earth?   Nicholas Mackintosh     6
Stressed Chimps   Robert Sapolsky     12
Nearly Human   Jane Goodall     22
A Question of Degree   Jordi Sabater Pi     31
Like Ants, Bees, and Termites, but Different   Edward O. Wilson     35
Attractiveness
Can Beauty Be Measured?   Victor Johnston     48
Science of Happiness   Daniel Gilbert     58
Psychopaths   Robert Hare     68
Anxiety
No One Is Boss   Daniel Dennett     79
The Hidden Self   Oliver Sacks     87
Locked in the Dark   Rodolfo Llinas     97
Dialogue with Fear   Joseph Ledoux     104
Fretful Worry   Kenneth Kendler     109
Animal Body-Mind
Cyclicity and Sociality
Drumbeats   Steven Strogatz     121
Survival, Not Truth, Is Imperative   Richard Gregory     130
Dreaming to Learn   Nicholas Humphrey     140
Music andTalk   Diana Deutsch     149
Prehistory and Immortality of the Body-Mind
The Secret Code   Sydney Brenner     158
Beyond the Human Genome   William Haseltine     169
The Second Brain   Phillip Tobias   Ralph Holloway     172
Immortality from Your Mother   Douglas Wallace     182
Inevitability of Aging?   Tom Kirkwood     187
Life on an Animate Planet
Bygone Biospheres
Life, Master of the Earth   James E. Lovelock     200
Life Is a Mistake   Kenneth H. Nealson     210
Toward Perfection
Evolution and Purpose   Stephen Jay Gould     219
The Code of the Dead   Richard Dawkins     225
Purpose of Evolution   Dorion Sagan     231
Dead or Alive?
Life as Growth   William Day     239
Our Ancestor, the Bacterium   Ricardo Guerrero     244
Different from Amoebae   John Bonner     254
Toward the Invisible
From the Vast to the Miniscule
Walk through a Cloud of Electrons   Eugene Chudnovsky     269
Atomic Consciousness   Heinrich Rohrer     280
Too Huge for the Atom, Too Tiny for the Star    Sheldon Lee Glashow     285
New Dimensions   Lisa Randall     297
Manipulation by Dwarves   Nicolas Garcia     304
Space Destroyed and Time Obliterated   Paul Davies     309
The Scientists     319
The Editors     333
The Readings     341
List of Figures and Tables     347
Index     349

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