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We Are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped…

We Are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk about Their…

by Stefan Klein

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'We are all stardust' is a real book where scientists speak of their thoughts in the capacity of a regular person. There is no unnecessary and complex scientific jargon or terms and concepts that the reader will feign upon. I feel engulfed with a buoyant energy after reading Dr. Jane Goodall's interview with the writer. It's wonderful to hear scientists talk of poetry of molecules and ideas like "our well-being depends on our friends and their friends", or that "love is the offspring of knowledge", about immortality, on empathy, the human genome and memory or if luxury is immoral?

It is indeed nice to read how small events from their childhood or as youngsters stirred their way of interpreting science. I loved the easy going natural direction of their conversations. I re-read the book twice. It's a delightful keepsake and a remembrance of the complexities yet astounding nature of this living world we inhabit. ( )
  Sharayu_Gangurde | Jan 19, 2017 |
Absolutely fascinating! I loved this book. Truly amazing people in their specific scientific fields, looking for the answers to some of life's most challenging questions. Some discussions were above my level of understanding, but none the less, interesting reading as we hurtle into our futures. ( )
  PriscillaM | Dec 11, 2016 |
Probably the most wondrous thing in the world is to hear the answers to the questions you never knew you wanted to ask. Set up in an interview style, Klein pushes the conversation where he needs to ask the questions he wants, but he plot is really non-existent. The best way to learn why someone loves something is through just talking to them about it. If you find yourself unable to talk to Jared Diamond or Jane Goodall, this book is definitely a great alternative into getting inside the heads of some of the world’s greatest minds. ( )
  DanaKrauss | Jan 21, 2016 |
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Nineteen brilliantly led conversations with a sterling roster of natural and social scientists, shedding new light on their ideas, discoveries and lives. How does Jane Goodall s relationship with her dog Rusty inform her thinking about our relationship to other species? Which time and place would Jared Diamond most prefer to live in, in light of his work on the role of chance in history? What does driving a sports car have to do with Steven Weinberg s quest for the theory of everything ? Physicist and journalist Stefan Klein s intimate conversations with nineteen of the world s best-known scientists (including three Nobel Laureates) let us listen in as they talk about their paradigm-changing work and how it is deeply rooted in their daily lives. Cosmologist Martin Rees on the beginning and end of the world Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on egoism and selflessness Neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran on consciousness Molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn on aging Philosopher Peter Singer on morality Physician and social scientist Nicholas Christakis on human relationships Biochemist Craig Venter on the human genome Chemist and poet Roald Hoffmann on beauty… (more)

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