Just What a Think Tank Ordered – A Book Review

Do you ever wonder what think tanks talk about? Do you ever wonder what scientists talk about when they get together amongst themselves and discuss intellectual topics? Do you ever wonder what the geological society was all about in past periods? It is interesting how society evolves and how we've come to our modern age. Humans haven't changed very much in their physiological, social, and philosophical needs over the past many centuries, but our technology has completely changed the way we live, work, and think. Okay so let's talk about this shall we?

The reason I bring this up is I just finished a very interesting book, one that I think you might like as well if you have an intellectual thirst for knowledge and scientific venues. This is a book I do own, and one I'd like to recommend to you, as it sits on my personal scientific bookshelf. The name of the book is;

"Scientific Conversations – Interviews on Science from the New York Times," by Claudia Dreyfus with the forward from Natalie Angier, New York Times Book Publishing, New York, NY, 2001, 250 pages, ISBN: 0-7167-4661-1.

This book is filled with scientific notables such as Sir Martin Rees, Sir Arthur C Clarke, Freeman Dyson, Robert Zuber and Stephen J Gould, also Marvin Minsky Sir Roger Penrose and Stephen Straus amongst others, including a large number of Nobel Prize winners. Each of these men and women came from slightly different backgrounds, many of them ended up in academia, perhaps only because their superior intelligence made them a standout. Their contributions to humankind and the forward progression of the species are well known.

What may not be well-known are the thoughts from their inner mind, how they see the world, and often it's much different than you and I. Perhaps it is from these various perspectives which allowed them to make incredible discoveries. When you get to know the people, the real person behind the famous name and the words, and achievements, as well as their personal philosophies, you start to understand why and how they were able to bring us so much in their areas of expertise.

This book is very well written, in fact, as you read the interviews and the words from these famous scientists, it's as if they are speaking to you personally as their words and ideas fly off the page into your own mind. It would be nice if everyone read this book to get a better perspective on what science is, and what type of thinking and mind it takes to lead the world forward in the human scientific endeavor. Please consider all this and think on it.