Memoirs from Scientists
June 30, 2012 9:15 AM Subscribe
Looking for more memoirs from scientists, along the lines of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!,
Robert Sopolsky's A Primate's Memoir,
and Daniel Everett's Don't Sleep There Are Snakes.
posted by Curiosity Delay to Writing & Language (10 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
I just finished Don't Sleep There Are Snakes, and loved it. It reminded me in a lot of ways of Sopolsky's book, which I also tore through years ago.
I'm not a scientist, but I love autobiographies, memoirs, and coming of age stories like these. Biographies are ok too, but I much prefer hearing the subject's own writing style (at least in these instances!) rather than the more dry, distant approach of someone who is trying to paint a complete picture of the subject. I like reading the subjective experience much more.
Don't Sleep There Are Snakes combined the memoir aspect with some very approachable lessons on linguistics, which was super neat. I'd love some more instances where the autobiography/memoir also serves as a very approachable introduction to the author's field.