Human sexuality has been widely studied, researched, and written about over the years, most notably, perhaps, by Alfred Kinsey and Masters and Johnson .
In the 1970s and ’80s, there was a trilogy of books about sexuality by another researcher that drew widespread praise and criticism. It was called The Hite Report, by researcher Shere Hite.
Much of the controversy centered on the fact that Hite was a feminist who drew upon political and philosophical viewpoints into her work.
In 1988 she completed her trilogy with a volume called Women And Love. And that’s when I first met her, during a whirlwind book tour that included some controversial stops, including TV’s Phil Donahue show.
A young British boys fascination with science, and with metals and chemistry in particular, led to him becoming one of the world’s foremost neurologists.
And the author of best-selling books about science.
His name was Oliver Sacks. He’s the author of books such as The Man Who mistook His Wife For a Hat, and The Island of The Color Blind. But he is perhaps best known for his 1973 book Awakenings, which became a major movie in 1990 starring Robert de Niro and Robin Williams.
In 2001, his book Uncle Tungsten told of how, as a youngster, he first became interested in science.
You know we sometimes get so caught up in the minutiae of everyday life. Trying to protect our own little turf on this little planet that we lose sight of the big picture. I mean the really big picture.
In the 1970s and ’80s astronomer. Carl Sagan led the way in showing us the big picture with his book and TV show. Cosmos and then in 1994 his follow-up book called pale Blue.
The interview you’re about to hear was actually the second interview I had with Carl Sagan in the early ’90s and I found it hard to be in the same room with him and and not be swept up in his enthusiastic and voracious quest for more knowledge.
And as I was preparing the interview for use on this podcast, I thought how absolutely thrilled Carl Sagan would be today to learn about the James Webb telescope.
In 1953, an earnest and ambitious 25-year-old scientist nmaed James Watson made a groundbreaking discovery that helped revolutionize science, medicine, even the law.
Working alongside Francis Crick, Watson identified the double-helix structure of DNA.
That breakthrough earned Watson and Crick the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1962. Watson wrote a book explaining the double helix.
I met him in 2002, when he published another book, which he called “Genes, Girls, and Gamow.” That was a reference to George Gamow, a pioneering theoretical physicist who contributed to, and built on, Watson and crick’s work.
From the moment I met him, Watson won me over with his warmth, humanity, and roll sense of humor.
So here now, from 2002, James Watson.
James Watson celebrated his 93rd birthday last week. We’re not sure if you ever got an email account.