Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from The New York Times

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In these thirty-eight interviews, originally published in the weekly Science Times section of The New York Times, Claudia Dreifus brings all of her colorful personality to bear on her subjects, as well as an arsenal of philosophy, literature, and current events, and an unmistakable curiosity. As each conversation unfolds, we learn surprising and fascinating things about some of the most intriguing figures and issues in science today.

Dreifus's outsider status in the world of ...

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In these thirty-eight interviews, originally published in the weekly Science Times section of The New York Times, Claudia Dreifus brings all of her colorful personality to bear on her subjects, as well as an arsenal of philosophy, literature, and current events, and an unmistakable curiosity. As each conversation unfolds, we learn surprising and fascinating things about some of the most intriguing figures and issues in science today.

Dreifus's outsider status in the world of science is perhaps one of her greatest interviewing strengths. A political journalist for much of her career, she stumbled into a position at the Science Times section. With little more scientific background than the average person, she scrambled to prepare for her meetings with some of the greatest minds in a broad range of disciplines-from astronomy to geology, from biology and medicine to computer science and mathematics. She soon found herself in a refreshingly candid environment, so unlike the one she had known on the political beat. It is from this perspective that she makes science tangible, accessible, and entertaining.

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Gloria Steinem
Claudia Dreifus gives readers the luxury of great conversation, and the necessity of personal bridges into the scientific world . . .
Natalie Angier
This is a wonderful book, crackling with character, eloquence, quirk, and wit. You'll have fun reading it . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805071801
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudia Dreifus has been a journalist since the 1960s. Before coming to the Science Times section of The New York Times, she was known for her incisive interviews with international political figures and cultural icons. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Ms., The Progressive, and Modern Maturity. A Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute of the New School for Social Research, she lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Natalie Angier

Introduction

SKYRIDERS

Sir Martin Rees Sir Arthur C. Clarke F. Story Musgrave Freeman J. Dyson Robert Zubrin

EARTH PEOPLE

Tanya Atwater John McPhee Michael J. Balick Martin Wells Luis Baptista

DARWIN'S PROGENY

Stephen Jay Gould Francisco J. Ayala Birute Galdikas Emily Sue Savage-Rumbaugh Anne Fausto-Sterling

CYBRENETICISTS

Marvin L. Minsky Anne Foerst Michael L. Dertouzos John Maeda

COMMUNICATORS

Shawn Carlson John Horgan Ira Flatow

MATH WHIZZES

Sir Roger Penrose Leon M. Lederman Charles Brenner

HEALERS

Nancy Padian Nawal M. Nour John Bancroft Susie Orbach Rudolph E. Tanzi Polly Matzinger Benjamin S. Carson

POLICY MAKERS/POLICY CHANGERS

Rita Colwell Jeff Getty

0Stephen Straus Rush Holt Eleanor Baum George E. Brown, Jr.

An Idiosyncratic Bibliography to Science Reading for the Novice

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