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Mind, Life and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time (Sciencewriters)

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Nearly forty of the world's most esteemed scientists discuss the big questions that drive their illustrious careers. Co-editor Eduardo Punsetone of Spain's most loved personages for his popularization of the sciencesinterviews an impressive collection of characters drawing out the seldom seen personalities of the world's most important men and woman of science. In Mind, Li ...more
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Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, essays
This book is a set of interviews with 36 contemporary scientists. Some of the scientists are well known to laymen; Daniel Dennett, Joan Goodall, Richard Dawkins, Oliver Sacks, Stephen Jay Gould, Paul Davies, James Lovelock, Lisa Randall, and Edward O. Wilson, for example. Many of the other scientists are not as well known, at least to me. So, in several pages per interview, I got an inkling--just an inkling of an idea of what each scientist is about. A brief biography on each scientist, and a re ...more
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
As much as I enjoy the sort of television show which interviews scientists each episode, this Redes companion book fell a bit flat for me. Part of it was certainly a language issue, the show is Spanish, and that probably accounts for a few awkward sentences.

More of an issue was the interviews themselves. I enjoyed interviews with scientists whose fields I am familiar with, because I caught many allusions to their work. I could see how Punset was bringing the audience to the 'good bits'. Unfortun
Fascinating interviews with the world's leading scientists. I felt some of the interview edits were a bit too short to make an impact. Some of Eduardo's comments were a bit zany and hokey which digressed from the actual interview. But overall, I learned some new insights. Also disappointed that there were only 3 women scientists interviewed...
Allison Arthur
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
This book is an opportunity to get inside the heads of leading scientists in a variety of fields. Eduardo Punset and Lynn Margulis simplify science through interviews and translate complicated information for the reader who has no professional background in science.

Mind, Life and the Universe is split into the following four parts: People Primates, Animal Body-Mind, Life on an Animate Planet and Toward the Invisible. Topics include many facets of science, including biology, chemistry, physics,
Jul 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, science
Mind, Life and Universe affords all the pleasures as well as the dissatisfactions of a short-format TV program(in fact, the 36 interviews with distinguished scientists presented here are excerpted from interviews conducted by Eduardo Ponset for Spanish television). The reader is titillated by the taste of something good, but never quite makes it to the real meal. That said, an extensive supplementary reading list follows the interviews, to encourage readers to read on. The interviews are grouped ...more
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I personally love this book. I love the format- the interviews make the reading go much more smoothly, and there's the perfect amount of information in each section to keep you from feeling too bogged down and overwhelmed. On the other hand, the information is clear and deep enough to keep you from feeling as if the scientists are trying to baby you. One of my favorite aspects is how often a scientist says - straightforwardly or indirectly - "I don't know." We still have so much to learn, which ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bilim
Aynı anda dünya çapında 36 bilimciyi bulup uzmanlık alanlarındaki son gelişmeleri almak herkesin yapabileceği bir iş değil. NTV yayınlarından 'Hayat Kitabı' adıyla Türkçemize kazandırılan kitap pek çok bilimsel bilgi içeriyor. Kitabı hazmade hazmede okuyup bitirmem neredeyse bir haftayı aldı. Kitabın dikkat çekici yönü bütün bilimsel gelişmeleri evrimci ve Darvinist bir yaklaşımla ele alması. Ayrıca kitabı okuduğunuzda sanki bu bilimciler başka bir gezegende yaşıyor hissine kapılıyor insan. Kend ...more
João Abegão
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very personal approach to the scientific debate and communication to the main public, something that I personally care much about. The figures interviewed were all very unique and had a lot to give to the reader, except Deepak Chopra, which I refuse to include in the category of scientist. THe only reason I didnt give it 5 stars it's because many of the topics are already out of date, but 10 years ago this book must have been a complete hit, not so much nowadays though.
Some of the conversations were really fascinating - others lost me. I liked the format of the book and think that it's the sort of book it would be nice to have around the home so you could refer to different chapters as they appeal to you. I think it's a good slow read (and re-read) as opposed to a library borrow.
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: professors,students of science or just anyone who wants to read it.
Enjoyed reading this book very interesting to read. Informative about each scientists and there fields. You get to know all of them and what they love and what they do. Plus they talk about what they believe and things that could happen in the future. An interesting read but really enjoyed it.
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Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) was a Professor of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
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