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Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge

Popular Science

Edited By: Max Brockman

160 pages, line drawings

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Oct 2011 | #191307 | ISBN-13: 9780199699353
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About this book

The next wave of science writing is here. Editor Max Brockman has talent-spotted 19 young scientists, working on leading-edge research across a wide range of fields. Nearly half of them are women, and all of them are great communicators: their passion and excitement makes this collection a wonderfully invigorating read. We hear from an astrobiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena about the possibilities for life elsewhere in the solar system (and the universe); from the director of Yale's Comparative Cognition Laboratory about why we keep making the same mistakes; from a Cambridge lab about DNA synthesis; from the Tanzanian savannah about what lies behind attractiveness; we hear about how to breed plants to withstand disease, about ways to extract significance from the Interne's enormous datasets, about oceanography, neuroscience, microbiology, and evolutionary psychology.

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 cliches of the current public perception of science. --Steven Pinker


Contents

Preface; 1. On the Coming Age of Ocean Exploration; 2. Children's Helping Hands; 3. Molecular Cut and Paste; 4. Next Step: Infinity; 5. Nurture, Nature, and the Stress That is Life; 6. What Can Huge Data Sets Teach Us About Society and Ourselves?; 7. On the Universality of Attractiveness; 8. To Err is Primate; 9. Our Brains Know Why We Do What We Do; 10. Is Shame Necessary?; 11. Plant Immunity in a Changing World; 12. The Emergence of Human Audiovisual Communication; 13. Why Rejection Hurts; 14. Finding the Mind in the Body; 15. Should the Law Depend on Luck?; 16. How We Read People's Moral Minds; 17. How Odd I Am!; 18. Where Does Human Diversity Come From?; Acknowledgements

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