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‘Idea Makers’ tackles scientific thinkers’ big ideas and personal lives

Human side of science emphasized in new book

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8:00am, August 13, 2016
Ada Lovelace, Srinivasa Ramanujan and Steve Jobs

PROFILES IN SCIENCE  Ada Lovelace, Srinivasa Ramanujan and Steve Jobs are a few of the prominent figures in science and technology featured in Stephen Wolfram’s latest book.   

Idea Makers
Stephen Wolfram
Wolfram Media, $22.95

It’s hard to pin down Stephen Wolfram’s scientific discipline. He is part mathematician, part computer scientist, part physicist. He’s also an inventor and entrepreneur, known for the mathematics software package Mathematica and a variety of other endeavors. And he blogs.

Among his blog posts and other essays and talks are commentaries on the lives of other prominent figures from science and math; some Wolfram knew personally, others he has researched extensively. In his new book Idea Makers, Wolfram has collected accounts of 16 such people, discussing their work and its meaning for the nature of science and the

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