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We Are All Stardust

Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk about Their Work, Their Lives, and What They Still Want to Know
Written by: Stefan Klein
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins

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A sterling roster of natural and social scientists in conversation with top-flight journalist Stefan Klein - shedding new light on their work, their lives, and what they still hope to discover.

When acclaimed science writer Stefan Klein asks Nobel Prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffmann what sets scientists apart, Hoffmann says, "First and foremost, curiosity." In this collection of intimate conversations with 19 of the world's best-known scientists (including three Nobel Laureates), Klein lets us listen in as today's leading minds reveal what they still hope to discover - and how their paradigm-changing work entwines with their lives outside the lab.

From the sports car that physicist Steven Weinberg says helped him on his quest for "the theory of everything" to the jazz musicians who gave psychologist Alison Gopnik new insight into raising children, these scientists explain how they find inspiration everywhere. Hear from renowned scientists including: evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on selfishness, anthropologist Sarah Hrdy on motherhood, primatologist Jane Goodall on animal behavior, neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran on consciousness, geographer Jared Diamond on chance in history, and many other luminaries.

©2010, 2015 Stefan Klein. English translation © 2015 by Ross Benjamin (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Philomath
  • 17-05-16

Great People, Great Science, Great Scientists

The book is a collection of interviews with some of the well known scientists of our era from across many fields.

It is clear these guys know what they're talking about. They are true experts choosing their words very carefully and in doing so engage the listeners in understanding their science. Made easy to appreciate by those who are not experts.

I wish more scientists were interviewed in this age of scientific breakthroughs, and for those that have the interview could have been longer, but that would be asking too much for one book. Great read.

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  • Molly Gordon
  • 07-01-18

Great idea, disappointing execution

I very much enjoyed what there was in this book. My dissatisfaction is with what was not there. The author had something like five hours of conversation with each of the people he interviewed. The edited and abridged transcripts we have here, while intriguing and tasty, left me hungry for a real meal.