Future Science: Essays from the Leading Edge

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Max Brockman
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 9, 2011 - Science - 272 pages
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In this fascinating collection of writings that introduce the very latest theories and discoveries in science, editor Max Brockman presents the work of some of today’s brightest and most innovative young researchers. 
 
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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Future Science is a collection of essays written by young PhDs with impressive credentials. While it does touch on a variety of scientific pursuits, ranging from astronomy to viral pathology. However ... Read full review

FUTURE SCIENCE: Essays from the Cutting Edge

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A collection of essays by young scientists, describing the implications of their work for a general audience.Literary agent Brockman (What's Next: Dispatches on the Future of Science, 2009) notes in ... Read full review

Contents

I
14
II
28
III
38
IV
54
V
70
VI
86
VII
99
VIII
112
X
139
XI
154
XII
168
XIII
182
XIV
195
XV
208
XVI
221
XVII
234

IX
125

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About the author (2011)

Max Brockman is the CEO of Brockman, Inc., a literary agency, and the editor of What’s Next? Dispatches on the Future of Science. He also works with the Edge Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization that publishes www.edge.org. He lives in New York City.

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