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The Knowledge Machine

Stuart Jeffries The Guardian
A fascinating and timely history of how science developed via the achievement of pursuing only observation and experiment (not politics).


Curiosity by Alberto Manguel

Caspar Henderson The Guardian
"Humans are the most curious among animals," writes Caspar Henderson in this review of Alberto Manguel's meditation on inquisitiveness. "Even very young humans are better" than other animals, even the smartest ones, "at noticing the novel, the accidental and the serendipitous and at using that experience to imagine new opportunities.' Henderson's review is a kind of "three-cheers" for this special quality that is among those that distinguish our species.
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