NOBEL BOOK OF ANSWERS
Edited by Bettina Stiekel
Translated from the German by Paul De Angelis and
The Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, and other Nobel Prize winners answer some of life’s most intriguing questions for young people.
Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has honored the world’s great geniuses in the most important fields: physicas, chemistry, medicine, literature, economics, and world peace. What if children could ask these creative thinkers about some of life’s most intriguing mysteries, such as “Why can’t I live on French frieds?” and “What is love?” The answers from the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, Desmond Tutu, and seventeen other Nobel Prize laureates are rich with surprise, humor, and of course, wisdom. Every single answer will make you think . . . and learn something new.
Bettina Stiekel was born in the north German city of Hamburg. She garaduated from Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University with an honors degree in German literature while working at Süddeutsche Zeitung magazine as an editor. It was during this period that she collected the answers from the Nobel Prize winners for this book. Now a journalist with Der Spiegel magazine, Ms. Stiekel lives in Hamburg, Germany, and has a daughter.
WHAT IS LOVE? The Dalai Lama
WHY CAN'T I LIVE ON FRENCH FRIES? Richard J. Roberts
WHAT IS POLITICS? Shimon Peres
WHY IS THE SKY BLUE? Mario J. Molina
WHY DO I FORGET SOME THINGS AND NOT OTHERS? Erwin Neher
WHY DO WE HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL? Kenzaburo Oe
WHY IS THERE WAR? Desmond Tutu
WHY DO WE FEEL PAIN? Günter Blobel
HOW DO I WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE? Mikhail Gorbachev
WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE RICH AND OTHERS POOR? Daniel L. McFadden
...AND ELEVEN OTHER RESPONSES
“The text, translated from the German, is chatty and informal ("Do you want to know, my friend?") . . . Most of these intellectuals do an amazing job of explaining complex ideas—from nutrition to math. With spacious type and a brief biography of each prize winner, this will be especially welcome as a discussion opener in science and social studies classrooms.”