How a Child Becomes a Scientist
Some of the world's greatest scientists reveal how they discovered their vocation and became committed to a life of science.
When We Were Kids 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, When We Were Kids tells as much about life as it does about science.
Praise for Curious Minds
consistently enthralling memoirs by leading thinkers...the result is a remarkably dud-free collectionObserver