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Physicist and historian, theoretical chemist and poet, physiologist and evolutionary biologist, immunologist and neurobiologist, chemist and novelistAone of the most interesting aspects of this engrossing collection of interviews with some of the world's eminent scientists is that many of the subjects are distinguished by the possession of not just a singular m?tier, but two. Thus Carl Djerassi, the chemist and novelist, is as comfortably loquacious on the subject of the birth control pill, which he virtually invented, as he is on his novels. In this sequel to A Passion for Science (Oxford Univ., 1989. o.p.), scientist Wolpert and BBC radio producer Richards pose thoughtful, unexpected questions, which are met with equally thoughtful, candid responses that help illuminate the motivation and personal processesAe.g., the rationally creative, the intuitively creativeAsuch as involved in the workings of the likes of Djerassi, Murray Gell-Mann, Ronald Hoffman, James Lighthill, Nicole Le Dourain, and 19 other acclaimed scientific minds. A fascinating book for informed lay readers and scholars.ARobert Ballou, Atlanta
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`Someone actually interested in science proper would profit hugely from Passionate Minds by Lewis Wolpert and Alison Richards..a series of mesmerising interviews with living, working makers of the modern world' The Guardian christmas section
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`I was enthralled by the encapsulated biographies tweaked from their vessels by conversational nudges from Wolpert, who delicately and unobtrusively guides the conversations in directions that provide sometimes charming, sometimes deep insights into the springs of creativity' Nature
`I found a delight on every page, and warmly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the human side of science...this book is a hugely enjoyable and instructive read' Nature
`This is a wonderful and truly illuminating collection of interviews cum essays' THES