The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity (Paperback)

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The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity (Paperback)


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"A delightful and scintillating hymn to science." —Carlo Rovelli

Comedian Robin Ince quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But, twenty years later, he fell in love and he now presents one of the world's most popular science podcasts. Every year he meets hundreds of the world's greatest thinkers. In this erudite and witty book, Robin reveals why scientific wonder isn't just for the professionals.

Filled with interviews featuring astronauts, comedians, teachers, quantum physicists, neuroscientists and more - as well as charting Robin's own journey with science - The Importance of Being Interested explores why many wrongly think of the discipline as distant and difficult. From the glorious appeal of the stars above to why scientific curiosity can encourage much needed intellectual humility, this optimistic and profound book will leave you filled with a thirst for intellectual adventure.
Robin Ince is the co-creator and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage, which has won multiple awards include the Sony Gold and Rose d'Or. In 2019 he played to over a quarter of a million people with Brian Cox on their world tour which has put them in the Guinness Book of Records for the most tickets sold for a science show. He is author of I'm a Joke and So Are You and also won Celebrity Mastermind but forgot that calcium was the dominant element of chalk. He is currently trying to invent an effective satnav for people who believe the world is flat.
Product Details ISBN: 9781786492647
ISBN-10: 1786492644
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Pages: 400
Language: English
A delightful and scintillating hymn to science. Resolutely a non-scientist, Robin Ince discovers with awe that when science addresses the "big problems" and destroys familiar beliefs, it does not leave us in a cold, meaningless and de-humanized world, but in a one which is colourful, human, full of intensity and wonder. - Professor Carlo Rovelli, bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

With razor-sharp wit and insight, Robin slices into the biggest questions of our time
. The Importance of Being Interested left me smiling and thinking more deeply - Commander Chris Hadfield, astronaut and author, The Apollo Murders

Ince makes profound - and funny - reflections on our tiny lives in a massive universe. - Observer

Wonderful! A beautifully written elegy to science, combining wonder, mystery and humour. Curiosity dances across the pages. Robin's take on science is human, funny but also deeply enthralling. - Professor Alice Roberts, author, The Complete Human Body

Robin is the most engaging of science communicators. As someone who also struggled with science as a child, still finds physics an impossible foreign tongue, and came late to the fulfilment of a curious mind, I found this book by turns challenging, entertaining and moving. - Steve Backshall, BAFTA-winning British explorer, naturalist, presenter and writer

Science is done by humans, and humans are the only reason that science matters: curiosity is part of human nature, but sometimes we need reminding just how much is out there to explore and enjoy. - Dr Helen Czerski, Physicist and bestselling author of Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life