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Falling for Science: Objects in Mind

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"With characteristic brilliance, Turkle reminds us of the power of artifacts that change lives that go on to change the world. After reading this book, you will never look at a cherished old toy--or scientific discovery--in the same way again." -- Paul Saffo, Technology Forecaster



"We live in the era of big science, with teams of hundreds of scientists poring over data on computer screens. In this sparkling collection, gifted students and world-class scientists remind us of the irreplaceable role of tangible objects, sensory impressions, and powerful experiences in the formation of the scientist."--Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

(Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

"'No ideas but in things,' wrote the poet William Carlos Williams. Sherry Turkle's eloquent and inspiring book brings the poet's insight to life. She shows us the things-to-think-with that brought generations of scientists to their vocations. Just as a butterfly may spark a hurricane, as wires and sockets brought a ten-year-old Richard Feynman to physics, objects spark the curiosity of young scientists. In an age when science education is in crisis, this splendid book offers us new insight about bringing young people into science. By looking at objects we see, in Turkle's terms, the connection between 'science, technology, and love.'"--Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, and author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

(Ray Kurzweil,)

"In the knowledge economy of the 21st century, a solid grounding in science and math is essential for our graduates to successfully compete in the global marketplace. The essays in Falling for Science deftly portray the impact that interaction with everyday objects -- a cardboard box, a stop sign, or a ring of keys -- can have on the cultivation of a lifelong passion for scientific discovery, a passion that led many of the essayists into careers devoted to finding solutions to the world's most pressing problems." -- Lou Anna K. Simon , President, Michigan State University



"'No ideas but in things,' wrote the poet William Carlos Williams. Sherry Turkle's eloquent and inspiring book brings the poet's insight to life. She shows us the things-to-think-with that brought generations of scientists to their vocations. Just as a butterfly may spark a hurricane, as wires and sockets brought a ten-year-old Richard Feynman to physics, objects spark the curiosity of young scientists. In an age when science education is in crisis, this splendid book offers us new insight about bringing young people into science. By looking at objects we see, in Turkle's terms, the connection between 'science, technology, and love.'" -- Ray Kurzweil , Inventor, and author of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology



"Turkle's thought-provoking collection represents an admirable invitation to further exploration of science and human sensibility, of the mysterious web of human choice and feeling." -- American Scientist



"We live in the era of big science, with teams of hundreds of scientists poring over data on computer screens. In this sparkling collection, gifted students and world-class scientists remind us of the irreplaceable role of tangible objects, sensory impressions, and powerful experiences in the formation of the scientist." -- Howard Gardner , Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

About the Author

Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and Founder and Director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. A psychoanalytically trained sociologist and psychologist, she is the author of The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (Twentieth Anniversary Edition, MIT Press), Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet, and Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud's French Revolution. She is the editor of Evocative Objects: Things We Think With, Falling for Science: Objects in Mind, and The Inner History of Devices, all three published by the MIT Press.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (April 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262201720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262201728
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Angela Lloyd on May 9, 2014
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How do we begin our path and passion? The stories show the diverse connections we make as young children and how they inform our lives.
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I brought this book for a class and it has proven to be very interesting.The book came in great condition, looks brand new and for a good price. It goes in depth with these students personal memories about objects that have led them to their love for science and got them into doing what they do best. A good read for anyone who wants to reconnect with their childhood, or who is working with young children. Thank you.
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It's just short tales of how people got into science, not very interesting. These people are scientist and engineers, not novelists and essayists, it makes for a dull reading experience.
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