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Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub Date: 2005-9-1 Pages: 236 Publisher: Random House In this anthology of reminiscences by prominent scientists. the roll includes Richard Dawkins. Murray Gell-Mann. Joseph Ledouxand Ray Kurzweil. along with 23 others The mandate of. the bookseditor. literary agent Brockman (The Third Culture). to each ofthese authors was to write an essay explaining how he or she cameto be a scientist. Some take him at his word and write meanderingstories of childhood. David Buss found his calling-the study ofhuman mating behavior-while working at a truck stop after droppingout of school. Paul Davies says he was born to be a theoreticalphysicist. Daniel Dennett. on the other hand. seems to have triedevery other profession before landing. as if by accident. inscience . A few writers let their essays get hijacked by the sciencethey have devoted their lives to And ...

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