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Why? What Makes Us Curious

Why? What Makes Us Curious

作者 : Mario Livio

出版社 : SIMON & SCHUSTER INC.

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定價 : NT 630

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天文物理學家李維歐帶領你探索人類最深層的好奇心起源
啟動好奇神經,培養好奇超能力

暢銷書作家及天文物理學家李維歐帶領讀者一同探索人類特有的天性─好奇心的起源與原因。透過與多位在不同專業領域科學家專訪過程,發現人類好奇心的源由,特別以歷史上最知名的好奇寶寶達文西及理查‧費曼為例證,同時也探討為什麼有的人擁有永無止盡的好奇心,例如超級搖滾吉他手卻同時身兼天體物理學家、太空人為什麼通常擁有電腦科學、生物學、文學及醫學等多重學位。到底是什麼驅使這些天才對於各領域保有強大的好奇心?好奇心的產生影響人類的天份發展及激發藝術創作靈感。好奇心是驅動人類文明發展的核心,但至今卻沒有任何科學研究可以證實大腦是如何產生好奇心的激發。現在就跟著李維歐的腳步,一同發掘生命本質的神秘,開創學習的無限可能。 

Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics--curiosity--as he explores our innate desire to know why. 

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 brain 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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