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Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversation - where they can know only one side of the dialogue - than when they overhear two people talking and know both sides. Why does half a conversation make us more curious than a whole conversation?
In the ever-fascinating Why? Mario Livio interviewed scientists in several fields to explore the nature of curiosity. He examined the lives of two of history's most curious geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. He also talked to people with boundless curiosity: a superstar rock guitarist who is also an astrophysicist; an astronaut with degrees in computer science, biology, literature, and medicine. What drives these people to be curious about so many subjects?
Curiosity is at the heart of mystery and suspense novels. It is essential to other forms of art, from painting to sculpture to music. It is the principal driver of basic scientific research. Even so, there is still no definitive scientific consensus about why we humans are so curious or about the mechanisms in our brains that are responsible for curiosity.
Mario Livio - an astrophysicist who has written about mathematics, biology, and now psychology and neuroscience - explores this irresistible subject in a lucid, entertaining way that will captivate anyone who is curious about curiosity.
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By Rodolfo on 02-18-18
Good doce into Curiosity
The author Tales us to a journey in the know and unknown of curiosity, bringing the ins and outs of famous personalities.
In the final chapters it show questions (and few) answers that science os trying to answers about curiosity.
By Spencer Perry on 08-12-17
Fantastic, Makes You Think
Going into this book, I was looking for a narrative about what curiosity is, and what it means for us as humans. This is exactly that, and it's fantastic. It's more of Livio's notes about curiousity than an actual overview, and I think that's what make me like it more.
It's engaging enough that I REALLY enjoyed it, and Morey's delivery was well crafted. It's the first narration of his that I've really enjoyed.