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Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It by [Ian Leslie]
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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ian Leslie writes on psychology, social trends, and politics for publications in the UK and US, including Slate, the Economist, NPR, Bloomberg.com, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the London Times, the Daily Telegraph, and Granta.



Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has produced several Audie Award-winning audiobooks. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured internationally with Mabou Mines, an avant-garde theater company. Sean's television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch, and lots and lots of commercials, for which he apologizes. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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"A beautiful and important exploration of the need to nurture, develop, and explore our curiosity even when we've long left our childhood behind. Ian Leslie reminds us of those essential life lessons that we tend to forget in our quest to be busy and productive: that sometimes, it's ok to waste time; and often, the most productive mind ends up being the mind most open to indulging its most childish impulses."

-- "Maria Konnikova, New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes"

"A searching examination of information technology's impact on the innovative potential of our culture."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Curiosity--that elusive, mysterious state--seems always to slide away when writers attempt to dissect it. Ian Leslie not only offers a compelling analysis of how curiosity works, he tells us how to prompt it in our children, our employees, and ourselves. Both fascinating and eminently practical, Curious is a book to be relished."

-- "Daniel Willingham, author of Why Don't Students Like School"

"I would never have guessed that so slim a volume could so richly pique my curiosity about curiosity. Stuffed with facts, ideas, questions, quotes, musings, findings, puzzles, mysteries, and stories, this is a book--as Montaigne said of travel--with which to 'rub and polish' one's brain. It's the most delightful thing I've read about the mind in quite some time."

-- "David Dobbs, feature writer for National Geographic, Atlantic, Slate, and other major publications"

"If you weren't the curious sort, you'd likely never even crack this book. But then you'd be missing out on a world of interesting science exploring just why humans find the urge to learn and know so utterly irresistible."

-- "The Scientist"

"With heavy implications for the future of education, the author makes a strong case for a more inquiry-based approach. Highly recommended for educators of all kinds. Leslie reaches to the true heart of education--turning students into twenty-first-century learners by bringing back that curiosity."

-- "Library Journal"

"With this enthralling manifesto on the power of curiosity, Ian Leslie has written a book that displays all the key characteristics of its subject matter: an inquisitive, open-minded, and ultimately deeply rewarding exploration of the human mind's appetite for new ideas."

-- "Steven Johnson, author of Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00JZBA9N8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Basic Books (August 26, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 26, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 764 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 242 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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