We Are All Stardust by Stefan Klein

We Are All Stardust

Nineteen brilliantly led conversations with a sterling roster of natural and social scientists, shedding new light on their ideas, discoveries—and lives. How does Jane Goodall’s relationship with her dog Rusty inform her thinking about our relationship to other species? Which time and place would Jared Diamond most prefer to live in, in light of his work on the role of chance in history? What does driving a sports car have to do with Steven W...

Details We Are All Stardust

TitleWe Are All Stardust
Release DateSep 22nd, 2015
PublisherThe Experiment
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Writing, Essays

Reviews We Are All Stardust

  • Tomas Ramanauskas
    What would you ask if you had 19 of brightest science minds on your lap? Probably, something different from Stefan Klein, yet no matter the questions, the answers would be a rich read. This amout of brain power just can not disappoint. Klein's supernova companions elaborate on pain, kids, biology and most surely, Universe. You'd wish this to be denser in some places, some interviews end to abruptly and some drag on without ever touching upon anyt...
  • Steve Wiggins
    A series of interviews with famous scientists can be surprisingly good reading. Part of Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2018 reading challenge is a book recommended by someone with good taste. This is that book. Translated from German to English, it reads remarkably smoothly, although some of Klein's questions come across a little sharply, so it seems. He has conversations with many scientists about the more human side of their work.You'll find some familiar...
  • Taylor Trauger
    I picked this book up at a time in my adult life when I just started getting really, really into science, and it was the perfect book to begin my foray into reading more nonfiction—books on history, economics, science, and space in particular. It's filled with fascinating interviews between Stefan Klein and scientists and experts on their life's work, with topics ranging from empathy, morality, memory, and consciousness, to chance in history, m...
  • Cassie Pearson
    Well-written and excellently curated, I enjoyed every interview and found insights even where my opinions differed from the interviewee. I can’t wait to get my hands on a personal copy so I can reread it and fill it with sticky notes. 10/10.
  • Aman Jain
    I wish I could give more than 5 stars to this book. No book has ever captured my imagination like this book. It is a journey which takes you to cosmos and its enormity in one chapter and helps you to explore brain and its mystery in another. And the best part... All this comes straight from the horse's mouth. Most of the interviewees are Noble Laureates who have worked in a certain field of science for their entire life. Yet being a conversation ...
  • Josiphine/Tessa
    4.5This book is a series of interviews with scientists in many different field. Usually with anthologies like this I love a few entries and am bored by the rest, but that wasn't the case here. I read the entire book, cover to cover, and I enjoyed every page.
  • Melissa
    Fascinating interviews with some of the greatest minds in science. Stefan Kliein sits down with each one and discuss many topics including the works and opinions of each scientist. These scientist include Jane Goodall, Richard Dawkins, Martin Rees, and Peter Singer to name a few.A lot of the information in here was new to me so a bit harder to understand at first. But it is a great read and I am glad I took the time to read it.
  • Krista
    I often wish that the "Talk" interviews in the New York Times Magazine were longer. Particularly when the subject is someone who might have something of substance to say. But they are short form and because I usually want more when I'm done reading them, I have mostly stopped reading them.The German newspaper Die Ziet also has a magazine supplement. And, in it, Stefan Klein publishes interviews with scientists. This book is made up of those inter...
  • Stephanie Snyder
    "As we now know, all out thoughts and feelings are dependent on the fact that we observe the bodies of other people, that we touch and manipulate things. And there's increasing evidence that we owe even the ability to speak to such motor skills. Our mind exists only in the corporeal world." -interview with neuroscientist, Vittorio Gallese, on empathy.
  • Ted Barnett
    A real mind expander. Klein's conversations with some of the most powerful minds on earth are relatable, deep, and captivating. Read this. Now.
  • John Hebus
    Great book for an dip into the world of what's going on in Science. As someone who has had only a tad science exploration (business background, blek) this is a great read! Alot about how intricate the brain is and evolutionary themes carry on through the book.
  • Bari Dzomba
    Interesting summaries but sort of a mishmash of researcher profiles.
  • Bridget Conway
    Stefan Klein, the acclaimed writer behind The Science of Happiness and The Secret Pulse of Time, is on a mission to connect laypeople with the diverse and often misunderstood realm of science. With his latest book, We Are All Stardust, Klein sits down with some of the world’s most prominent scientists and asks them the questions that we want to ask, but possibly don’t feel like we have enough knowledge to do so. The result is pages and pages ...
  • Angie
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Klein's account of his discussions with these leading natural and social scientists. I came out thinking that there was no real theme, just an account of scientists chatting about what's important to them, or maybe not so important but fun. Klein was aware of his own role in these conversations, steering them, giving us introductions to them, and ultimately, of course, enjoying some of them much more than others. And ...
  • Kate
    Overall, this was a pretty interesting and enjoyable read. I did have a few problems with it, but that's to be expected with so many different opinions on the same kind of issues.Stefan Klein interviewed nineteen scientists from different fields. Klein states in his introduction that this leads to a very narrow cross-section of a very large whole, and I have to agree. The interviewees are people with whom Klein himself has wanted to interview, pe...
  • Charlene
    This really wasn't for me. Most of the ideas were old (some new but not enough to hold my interest). I didn't love the questions asked of the scientists. The answers were ok, if not often completely recycled from things they have said a 1000 times. Clearly from the reviews other people enjoyed this book much more than I did. I was just glad it was over and I could move onto a new book.
  • Mark
    An incredible book of interviews with some of the most brilliant thinkers alive today. Mr. Klein has clearly done his homework and has a curiosity that is every bit astute as the subjects he interviews. Insightful and profound, this is one of the best books I've read this year
  • Nate Heimann
    Fascinating. This is a book to which I will continually return. Quick, insightful, interesting interviews with scientists from varying fields.
  • Bryce Holt
    You have a yearning to hear what some of the greatest minds...Nobel Prize winning caliber thought leaders...have to conversationally say about the subjects they've spent their whole lives devoted to. This is the book. You should pick it up. Really, it's very interesting overall, and it's all under one roof.In this respect, I greatly appreciate what Stefan Klein has done. I do, however, think the writer spends much of his time trying to balance th...
  • Teri
    This book was very fun. I think it helps to have a little bit of an understanding of their areas of research, though it may not be necessary. In the introduction he says that he asks them about their personal lives to give a more personal side of a profession that discourages personal involvement. I found, however, that a good deal of his questions were more focused on their studies and what they had discovered that had made their careers. But th...
  • Leonidas Kaplan
    I went into the audio-book thinking it was about cosmology... after all the title has 'star dust' in it.Either way, the interviews from scientists was still fascinating, and their academic achievements no less intriguing.Sometimes the interview starts off talking about someone, and only after a few back and forth sentences do we realize the discovery made by a particular scientist.I also enjoyed the hypothetical interview with 'Leonardo DaVinci'....
  • Riccardo
    Si tratta di un libro che raccoglie una serie di interviste a scienziati quali neurobiologi, chimici, fisici, antropologi, estrapolate da lunghe conversazioni avute dall'autore-fisico e filosofo analitico - con queste persone molto interessanti. C'è un certo bias: gli scienziati intervistati sono sopratutto americani bianchi (ma figura anche un italiano ;) ) ma ciò dipende più dal caso che da un'invenzione., come si legge nella sua prefazione....
  • Siva Banda
    So glad I bumped into this title in one of the articles on BrainPickings website. The conversations briefed by Stefan Klein in the book are very clear and highly interesting. He sure knows the right questions to pose. And I loved how he wrote the talks, with him completing the sentences of the person he's talking to at many instances.I have gained a lot of knowledge which the public is not privy to about all the scientists who are part of this bo...
  • Stefanie
    This series of interviews with leading scientists about their work and various aspects of life is both compelling and thought-provoking. Since Klein himself is a fellow scientist it makes for a rare glimpse into the back and forth between sometimes differing opinions regarding scientific thought today. I especially liked that we see a number of leading female scientists in this group who are inspiring as leaders in their fields as well as example...
  • Sandra
    En la facultad me enseñaron que el periodista nunca podía ser el protagonista. Insistían mucho en que, en una entrevista, ni la opinión ni el pensamiento del entrevistador debían prevalecer sobre lo que tuviera que decir el entrevistado. Stefan Klein no es periodista, sino escritor científico, pero también debería saberlo. Porque así, su We Are All Stardust, en el que entrevista a diecinueve científicos, sería mucho más interesante y ...
  • Sunit
    If you had a chance to have a one-on-one chat over a beverage with 15+ Nobel prize winners in the sciences, would you take it ? If the answer is yes then this book is probably your best opportunity to do so. the author is no slouch when it comes to his own accomplishments but still manages to keep the conversations at a level that ordinary mortals can understand. It is a walk through a broad spectrum and you learn something new in every conversat...
  • Sarah
    read by various narrators. Listened to this audiobook mostly while exercising. Recommended to a coworker. Short segements on a wide array of topics so I enjoyed it: it's not an exhaustive examination on any one thing, making it more than average reader could or would want. Appropriate for listeners who have already read a little bit on various science topics; not for people who haven't done anything since run-of-the-mill HS science class.
  • Glenn Younger
    Like listening in on conversations at a science partyIf you have a deep curiosity about the science and sociology of the world we live in—and a short attention span when reading— this book is for you. Perfect for a coffee break or end of the day wind down, the interviews with leading scientists spanning a galaxy of disciplines are short, easy to follow, and insightful.
  • Paul
    With a title like that I was expecting the worst but this turned out to be a very engaging and informative set of interviews a not a string of trite soundbites about how wonderful the world is. I wish the interviews were longer!