38 interviews from Science Times reporter Claudia Dreifus featuring some of the top names in science, including John McPhee, Leon Lederman, Ira Flatow.
Edition/Copyright:01 Cover: Hardcover Publisher:W.H. Freeman Published: 01/28/2001 International: No
''There is no format that makes science and scientists more digestible than a 'conversation' with an intelligent interlocutor who is intrigued with the subject. And there few journalists who are able to get scientists talking about their work with more lucidity than Claudia Dreifus.''Orville Schell, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley ''Claudia Dreifus is the generation's answer to Oriana Fallaci, a savvy . . . interviewer who creates gorgeous dramas out of real-life conversations. This is a journalist who is also an artist.''Nadine Strossen, President, ACLU ''Claudia Dreifus gives readers the luxury of great conversation, and the necessity of personal bridges into the scientific world. Rarely has learning been so pleasurable.''Gloria Steinem ''Claudia Dreifus is a nonpareil of interviewers.''Studs Terkel ''Gathered here are nearly 40 interviews with not only widely recognized author-scientists such as Martin Rees and Stephen Jay Gould but also researchers rarely sought out by reporters. Disdainful of the interview candidates pushed on her by university flacks, Dreifus (among other approaches) would instead attend scientific conferences; one yielded a talk with an enthusiastic expert in birdsongs. Dreifus also seeks out lesser-known women scientists. If not always well represented in science, they are increasingly populating its disciplines, examples of whom, such as the director of the National Science Foundation (microbiologist Rita Colwell), recall, at Dreifus' prompting, the rampant sexism they have encountered and overcome. Although Dreifus does not have a science background, she is meticulous about doing preparatory work for each interview and often picks people who have not arrived in science along conventional routes, such as former cocktail waitress and NIH immunologist Polly Matzinger. A lively reprise from the paper's science section.''Gilbert Taylor,Booklist
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Foreword by Natalie Angier Introduction
SKYRIDERS 1) Sir Martin Rees 2) Sir Arthur C. Clarke 3) F. Story Musgrave 4) Freeman J. Dyson 5) Robert Zubrin
EARTH PEOPLE 6) Tanya Atwater 7) John McPhee 8) Michael Balick 9) Martin Wells 10) Luis Baptista
DARWIN'S PROGENY 11) Stephen Jay Gould 12) Francisco Ayala 13) Birute Galdikas 14) Emily Sue Savage-Rumbaugh 15) Anne Fausto-Sterling
CYBRENETICISTS 16) Marvin L. Minsky 17) Anne Foerst 18) Michael Dertouzos 19) John Maeda
COMMUNICATORS 20) Shawn Carlson 21) John Horgan. 22) Ira Flatow
MATH WHIZZES 23 ) Sir Roger Penrose 24 ) Leon M. Lederman 25) Charles Brenner
HEALERS 26) Nancy Padian 28) Nawal M. Nour 29) John Bancroft 30) Susie Orbach 31) Rudolph E. Tanzi fs20 32) Polly Matzinger 33) Benjamin S. Carson
POLICY MAKERS/POLICY CHANGERS 34) Rita Colwell 35) Jeff Getty 36) Stephen Straus 37) Rush Holt 38) Eleanor Baum 39) George E. Brown, Jr. An Idiosyncratic Bibliography to Science Reading for the Novice
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