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Scientific Conversations : Interviews on Science from The New York Times

Scientific Conversations : Interviews on Science from The New York Times - 01 edition

Scientific Conversations : Interviews on Science from The New York Times - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780805071801

ISBN10: 0805071806

Scientific Conversations : Interviews on Science from The New York Times by Claudia Dreifus and Natalie Angier - ISBN 9780805071801
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Times Books
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Scientific Conversations : Interviews on Science from The New York Times by Claudia Dreifus and Natalie Angier - ISBN 9780805071801

ISBN13: 9780805071801

ISBN10: 0805071806


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Summary

In these thirty-eight interviews, originally published in the weeklyScience Timessection ofThe 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.

Table of Contents

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 Stephen Straus Rush Holt Eleanor Baum George E. Brown, Jr. An Idiosyncratic Bibliography to Science Reading for the Novice