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Future Science: Essays from the Leading Edge (Vintage Original)
 
 

Future Science: Essays from the Leading Edge (Vintage Original) [Kindle Edition]

Max Brockman
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“A title wave of talent. . . . A wealth of new and exciting ideas."
—Stephen Pinker, author of The Stuff of Thought

“I would have killed for books like this when I was a student!”
—Brian Eno
 
“This remarkable collection of fluent and fascinating essays reminds me that there is almost nothing as spine-tinglingly exciting as glimpsing a new nugget of knowledge for the first time. These young scientists give us a treasure trove of precious new insights.”
—Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen and Rational Optimism
 
“A good overview of what’s happening in today’s laboratories.”
Booklist
 
“A glimpse of how today’s daring science is defining tomorrow’s lines for inquiry. . . . Readers will delight in the complexity of its exciting mosaic.”
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Editor Max Brockman presents the work of some of today’s brightest and most innovative young researchers in this fascinating collection of writings that introduce the very latest theories and discoveries in science.
 
Future Science features eighteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their work and ideas to a general audience for the first time. Included in this collection are

* William McEwan, a virologist, discussing his research into the biology of antiviral immunity

* Naomi Eisenberger, a neuroscientist, wondering how social rejection affects us physically

* Jon Kleinberg, a computer scientist, showing what massive datasets can teach us about society and ourselves

* Anthony Aguirre, a physicist, who gives readers a tantalizing glimpse of infinity

Future Science shares with the world a delightful secret that we academics have been keeping—that despite all the hysteria about how electronic media are dumbing down the next generation, a tidal wave of talent has been flooding into science, making their elders feel like the dumb ones. . . . It has a wealth of new and exciting ideas, and will help shake up our notions regarding the age, sex, color, and topic clichés of the current public perception of science.”
—Steven Pinker, author of The Stuff of Thought




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4.0 von 5 Sternen Science-lite 31. Dezember 2011
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Fantastisches Buch wenn die Zeit fehlt um mehr als nur ab un zu ein Artikel zu lesen und eine schnelle und korrekte Abwicklung dazu. Vielen Dank. Gerne Wieder.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well worth reading, and not above the head of a lay-person 24. August 2011
Von David Dubbert - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you're not already aware, this is a set of essays by young-ish scientists at the forefronts of their fields. In general, these essays are very accessible. The only one I really had to work to understand was Anthony Aguirre's essay about infinity. I personally found the essays about the mind and reasoning to be of particular interest. Fiery Cushman's discussion of moral luck and philosophy as a science broadened my conception of both topics. In addition, I've always kind of thought of the self and the mind as being somewhat separate from the body, and Liane Young's essay "How We Read People's Moral Minds" made me directly confront and deal with that belief. There are many other fascinating essays relevant to your everyday life, and I recommend this book for the generally and broadly inquisitive reader.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen This fabulous Edge symposium, like the best in science, is modest and daring 26. August 2011
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"We'd certainly be better off if everyone sampled the fabulous Edge symposium, which, like the best in science, is modest and daring all at once." -- David Brooks, NY Times

Academia, with its somewhat slow coping structure and fixed traditions, resisted needs for a review of the outdated programs that could redefine a description of effective science and arts education curricula, worthy of the 21st century. Harvard Dean Summers has lately called for a more interdisciplinary approach to learning, that looks at the foundational objectives of a number of curriculum areas, in order to dissolve the boundaries of areas of study and encourage learning across the curriculum. Although he could not sell his pursued agenda, he has been vindicated recently by Cornell's Martin Bernal in the 'Black Athena debate'. While Academia, may appear a strange place whenever looked at from outside, the outsiders are blocked from looking in on the research being done by this next generation of scientists, some of whom will go on to become leading actors and communicators of science.

Editor Max Brockman presents eighteen essays of some of the most promising and creative investigators and innovative writers in this collection of intellectual research that arouses great interest, in order to introduce most recent theses, concepts and scientific speculation. He believes this opacity, confined to academic journals, was the drive behind the first essay collection in this intellectual series, he edits. "Future Science" is presenting to American readers and science enthusiasts eighteen youthful scientists, most of whom are offering their writings to general readers for the first time. Featured in this collection are a virologist discussing his research in immunity; a computer scientist, analyzing massive data sets telling us what it reveals about individuals and society; a neuroscientist, exploring the physical effects of social rejection; and a physicist, giving the readers a virtual taste of infinity.

Going beyond biology's limits, or how laboratory advances, will change the way we think about the law. What consumes the best and brightest minds working in science today, engaged in the future prospects of science, seemed to be an ideal means and appropriate way for this group of scientists to communicate their ideas. The organization behind the work is the same, while the title of every new collection is different. Future Science features essays of scientists from a broad field of sciences, writing about what they're working on and what excites them the most. His new anthology, "Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge," is intended for the curious layperson, a provocative survey of the ever-expanding scientific frontier. This exciting collection of writings by younger scientists describes the very 'transparent boundaries' of our knowledge.

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"Frequently, through my work as a literary agent, I've noticed that if you're an academic who writes about your work for a general audience, you're thought by some of your colleagues to be wasting your time and, ..., endangering your academic career." --Max Brockman

*** Here follows just a small sample from Future Science's essays:

"If humans are to succeed as a species, our collective shame over destroying other life-forms should grow in proportion to our understanding of their various ecological roles. Maybe the same attention to one another that promoted our own evolutionary success will keep us from failing the other species in life's fabric and, in the end, ourselves." -- Jennifer Jacquet, Is Shame Necessary?

"For much of human history, we have been explorers of other continents -- examiners of rocks and regions ripe for habitation, the culmination being the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration and the capstone being our flags and footprints on the surface of the Moon. But in the decades and centuries to come, exploration, both human and robotic, will increasingly focus on the ocean depths, of both our own ocean and the subsurface oceans believed to exist on at least five moons of the outer Solar System: Jupiter's Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto and Saturn's Titan and Enceladus. The total volume of liquid water on those worlds is estimated to be more than a hundred times the volume of liquid water on Earth." -- Kevin Hand, On the Coming Age of Ocean Exploration

"My virus will be self-replicating, but only in certain tissue-culture cells; it will cause any cell it infects to glow bright green and will serve as a research tool to help me answer questions concerning antiviral immunity. I have designed my virus out of parts--some standard and often used, some particular to this virus--using sequences that hail from bacteria, bacterio-phages, jellyfish, and the common cold virus. By simply putting these parts together, ... A combination of cheap DNA synthesis, freely accessible databases, and our ever expanding knowledge of protein science is conspiring to permit a revolution in creating powerful molecular tools." -- William McEwan, Molecular Cut and Paste
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Stand Back, I'm Going To Review Science 16. Februar 2012
Von Greg Polansky - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Coming from a non-science background, but still being interested in the sciences, I wanted something that would be readable but not dumbed down. This book is it. If you click within the Amazon page, you will see the synopses for each essay. As with any edited collection, there are highs and lows. I'll focus on my highs. Kevin Hand's exploration of the waters of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn is a highlight of the collection. It's greatly informative about the possibilities for life on those moons. Similarly, Kleinberg's essay about data sets and what they mean for us as a species left me thinking about the ramifications for a few hours afterwards. Other standouts, for me, is Eisenberg's essay on Rejection, Cushman's essay on Luck and the Law, and the final essay by Chiao about human diversity. Chiao's essay is actually pretty damn wonderful with its final paragraphs that focus on cultural neuroscience.

Though I don't have a science background, I do read about certain fields, namely genetics, on a regular basis. I think that's what makes this collection good. You can find readable essays in a wide variety of fields. You can do as I did and read them all (in one day actually since it is roughly 250 pages on the Kindle) or you can pick and choose based on your interests. But I recommend reading them all.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great 'first annual' debut 3. Oktober 2011
Von robert johnston - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a technologist in a niche, keeping up with the leading edge across many disciplines is impossible but I do try. Out of summary curiosity I bought this entry to the technology survey venue. Future Science hopes to continue as an annual tradition. I hope the editor is successful.

I read dozens of niche and near-niche research outputs per year. The task of picking the cream of the crop from the universe of dissertations and research is a formidable task. Here, you get an excellent set of a few pages more than the abstract and conclusion. The subject matter expert must work to frame their research in approachable, understandable and easily extrapolated `into the future' terms. Every entry succeeds in that mission.

The collection 5-star satisfied my appetite.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Cutting Edge Research 14. Februar 2012
Von Lynn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Max Brockman in Future Science provides essays by a number of cutting edge researchers about their work. Some of the essays will thrill, some will raise questions, some will disturb and others will spur the reader to read even further. The essays are readily available to the general reader and actually read as though they were edited by a single person to the reader's benefit. In this volume Kevin Hand writes about ocean exploration, Felix Warneken the origin's of human altruism, William McEwan DNA, and Jon Kleinberg reveals what data sets can teach us about society and ourselves. Others follow a similar path and there is something for every taste.
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