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Imagine deciding what you want to do with your life by age seven or eight, being certain that you will succeed, and then having that vocation propel you to the point when you eventually receive the news that you've been awarded the Nobel Prize. That was Bruce Beutler's scientific path, and what was his first reaction on receiving the call from Stockholm? It was to google himself to make sure that it was actually true, and then to double check that he wasn't dreaming. In this conversation the 2011 Laureate in Physiology or Medicine talks about the rewards of a life in science, and how he approaches nature's mysteries.

Direct download: 26._Bruce_Beutler._Physiology_or_Medicine_2011.mp3
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If we really understood things, there would be no sense of discovery. Tim Hunt, awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, looks upon biology in much the same way as life: in many cases we don’t really have a clue what’s going on, but we can try to learn more by playing around. In this conversation, recorded in London, he discusses his passion for science, and his talent for spotting good problems and asking good questions.

Direct download: 25._Tim_Hunt._Physiology_or_Medicine_2001.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EDT

"The artist is a scientist." Eric Kandel sees the divide between art and science as artificial. In this episode, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine discusses his exploration of learning and memory and how the fields of neuroscience, psychology and art are all interrelated. He also talks about his childhood experiences of anti-semitism in Vienna, and how they made him understand how important social context can be for governing people’s behaviour.

Direct download: 24._Eric_Kandel._Physiology_or_Medicine_2000.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:23am EDT

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