101 Things You Don't Know about Science and No One Else Does Either

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 1, 1997 - Science - 355 pages
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James Trefil takes the reader on a thrilling tour across the borders of current scientific knowledge-from astronomy to genetics, from information technology to cosmology, the great contested questions that preoccupy researchers today and will become headlines tomorrow. In elegant, witty three-page summations, Dr. Trefil "makes sense of science for the rest of us" (Washington Post).
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Is There a Theory of Everything and Can We Afford
36
How Much of the World Can We Simulate with
44
How Much of the World Is Chaotic?
50
Are There Problems That Cant Be Solved?
56
The Quantum Eraser
62
How Much Is a Kilogram?
68
A New Window on the Universe?
74
Why Does a Protein Have the Shape It Has?
193
Whither the Human Genome Project?
199
What Will Follow the Pill?
205
Can We Live Forever?
211
What Is the Connection Between Mind and Brain?
217
Are We the Men We Used to Be?
223
The Attack of the Killer Bees
229
Using Your Genes to Tell Why Youre Sick
235

Astronomy and Cosmology
81
How Old Is the Universe?
89
How Will the Universe End?
95
Is Anybody Out There?
101
What Are Quasars?
107
Parallel Universes and All That
113
Earth and Planetary Sciences
119
How Stable Is the Climate?
127
The Case of the Missing Carbon
130
Could We Should We Modify the Climate?
136
Will the Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt?
142
Why Does the Earths Magnetic Field Reverse Itself?
148
Will We Be Able to Predict Earthquakes?
154
How Well Can We Predict the Weather?
160
Is There an Asteroid Out There with Our Name on It?
166
What Is the Earth Observing System?
172
Biology Mostly Molecular
179
How Is DNA Repaired?
187
Will We Find New Magic Bullets?
241
Why Doesnt Your Immune System Attack Your
247
Have We Lost the War on Cancer?
253
Will We Be Able to Cure AIDS?
259
Evolution Mostly Human
265
We Get to Be So Smart?
273
Who Were the Earliest Humans?
276
Will We Be Looking for Fossils on Mars?
282
Human Beings Arrive in North America?
288
Technology Mostly Computers
295
Will We Be Computing with Light?
303
Can We Make Computers That Learn?
309
Where Will Nanotechnology Take Us?
315
Why Do We Face a Continuing Software Crisis?
321
Will the World or the Federal Government End
327
Index
346
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About the author (1997)

James Trefil, the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University, is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy.

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