Leonard Mlodinow

Leonard Mlodinow is an American physicist, author and screenwriter.
Mlodinow was born in Chicago, Illinois, of parents who were both Holocaust survivors. His father, who spent more than a year in the Buchenwald concentration camp, had been a leader in the Jewish resistance under Nazi rule in his hometown of Częstochowa, Poland then Generalgouvernement. As a child, Mlodinow was interested in both mathematics and chemistry, and while in high school was tutored in organic chemistry by a professor from the University of Illinois.
As recounted in his book, Feynman's Rainbow, his interest turned to physics during a semester he took off from college to spend on a kibbutz in Israel, during which he had little to do at night beside reading The Feynman Lectures on Physics, which was one of the few English books he found in the kibbutz library.
While a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley, and on the faculty at Caltech, he developed a new type of perturbation theory for eigenvalue problems in quantum mechanics.
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A few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us.
Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science. In the process, he presents a fascinating new look at the unique characteristics of our species and our society that helped propel us from stone tools to written language and through the birth of chemistry, biology, and modern physics to today’s technological world.
Along the way he explores the cultural conditions that influenced scientific thought through the ages and the colorful personalities of some of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers: Galileo, who preferred painting and poetry to medicine and dropped out of university; Isaac Newton, who stuck needlelike bodkins into his eyes to better understand changes in light and color; and Antoine Lavoisier, who drank nothing but milk for two weeks to examine its effects on his body. Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, and many lesser-known but equally brilliant minds also populate these pages, each of their stories showing how much of human achievement can be attributed to the stubborn pursuit of simple questions (why? how?), bravely asked.
The Upright Thinkers is a book for science lovers and for anyone interested in creative thinking and in our ongoing quest to understand our world. At once deeply informed, accessible, and infused with the author’s trademark wit, this insightful work is a stunning tribute to humanity’s intellectual curiosity.
(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)
Leonard Mlodinow, autor de obras tan conocidas como El andar del borracho y coautor con Stephen Hawking de Brevísima historia del tiempo y El gran diseño, nos ofrece un examen sorprendente y revelador de cómo las formas mentales inconscientes modelan nuestra experiencia del mundo y cómo, por ejemplo, muchas veces percibimos erróneamente nuestras relaciones con la familia, amigos y colegas de trabajo, decidimos mal nuestras inversiones u olvidamos eventos importantes.

Nuestra preferencia por determinados políticos, la propina que dejamos en el restaurante... todos los juicios que hacemos o las percepciones que tenemos reflejan el funcionamiento de nuestra mente en dos niveles: el consciente, que conocemos bien, y el inconsciente, que permanece oculto. Este último ha sido durante mucho tiempo tema de especulación, pero en las últimas dos décadas los investigadores han desarrollado nuevas herramientas para sondear los aspectos ocultos, o subliminales, de la mente. El resultado de esta investigación es una nueva ciencia de lo inconsciente y un cambio radical en nuestra comprensión de cómo la mente subconsciente afecta a la forma en que vivimos.

Utilizando el ingenio y las explicaciones lúcidas y accesibles sobre los temas científicos más oscuros que caracterizan sus libros, Leonard Mlodinow nos lleva en un recorrido por esta nueva vía de investigación que trata de desentrañar las complejidades del ser subliminal y aumenta nuestra comprensión de cómo funciona la mente humana y la forma en que interactuamos con los amigos , vecinos, parejas o compañeros de trabajo, en un proceso que cambiará nuestra visión de nosotros mismos y el mundo que nos rodea.

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