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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Templeton Press (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023033038X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599473406
  • ASIN: 1599473402
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From time to time, the diligent science student huddled over dense volumes of research findings and highly technical data will stumble upon a truly rare treasure: the author’s answer to the question of, “Why?” Why did the authors of these volumes commit themselves so ardently to life in the laboratory? What was it that motivated them to keep their eye to microscope for years on end? Why did the world’s greatest scientists devote their lives to research—an endeavor where failure is the exponentially more likely outcome than success?

 

In their new anthology, From Galileo to Gell-Mann, Marco Bersanelli and Mario Gargantini have gathered the answers to these fascinating questions from over one hundred of the brightest scientific minds from our past and our present. It is a goldmine of insight that previously could only to be found hidden deep within thousands of scattershot pages of footnotes from out-of-print journals, rare books, and unpublished papers. Throughout the work, Bersanelli and Gargantini also offer insightful commentary and discussion on the readings.

 

Among the most remarkable similarities that emerge when one considers together these writings from the likes of Albert Einstein, Gregor Mendel, Marie Curie, and others, is the sense of wonder and outright awe at what the study of the natural world can reveal. From Galileo to Gell-Mann makes it clear that science and all parallel attempts to understand our human existence—including fields like philosophy to theology—are viewed as nothing less than grand adventures to those that are probing the limits of what we know.

 

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“A remarkably interesting collection of writings by scientists, setting their formally impersonal discipline in a rich context of humane experience and understanding. The book is an important contribution to a deeper understanding of the character of science and it deserves to be widely read.”—John Polkinghorne, author of Theology in the Context of Science
 
“This is an inspirational anthology of the thoughts and vision of scientists through the ages. A much needed antidote to the current dehumanizing of scientific discovery. A book which questions the very basis on which modern science is conducted and to take us back to the values and vision of why we investigate and try to explain the world in which we live.”—John Wood, professor, Imperial College, London; Chair of the European Research Area Board
 
In From Galileo to Gell-Mann, Marco Bersanelli and Mario Gargantini have gathered writings from over one hundred of the world’s brightest scientific minds on the question of “Why?”—specifically, why did these great scientists commit themselves so ardently to life in the laboratory? What was it that kept them dedicated to their research endeavors for years on end?
 
This new anthology is a goldmine of insight that previously could only to be found hidden deep within thousands of scattershot pages of footnotes from out-of-print journals, rare books, and unpublished papers. Among the most remarkable similarities that emerge when one considers together these writings from the likes of Albert Einstein, Gregor Mendel, Marie Curie, and others, is the sense of wonder and outright awe at what the study of the natural world can reveal.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doctor007 on March 12, 2010
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This book is a wonderful anthology that captures the awe and wonder that is at the core of scientific exploration and spiritual growth. I like how the book is organized and also the wide selection of writings from scientists from various areas of science. I think one of the best qualities of this book is that it touches the subject of human curiosity and journey through the experience of some brilliant scientists who do not exclude the nature of the divine or God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Chesser on April 19, 2010
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Simply a wonderful look at science through time, and through the words of some of the greatest scientists who've ever lived. What a way to gain perspective on important discoveries and theories. Strongly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. L. La Celle on March 12, 2010
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Well written book, enjoyable. Comment from scientists in their own words is unique
and allows one to develop an independent opinion.
One of the best science history books I've read recently
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It gives a wide spectrum of views from many different scientists (many who I had never heard of before). It is interesting to hear from the scientists themselves of how hours of collecting data (hopefully) result in a neat theory being verified.
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