Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge

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Max Brockman
OUP Oxford, Oct 13, 2011 - Psychology - 272 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - JeffV - LibraryThing

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

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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

On the Coming Age of Ocean Exploration
3
Childrens Helping Hands
17
The New Generation of Biological Tools
31
Infinity
41
Nurture Nature and the Stress That Is Life
57
What Can Huge Data Sets Teach Us About Society and Ourselves?
73
On the Universality of Attractiveness
89
To Err Is Primate
102
Plant Immunity in a Changing World
142
The Emergence of Human Audiovisual Communication
157
Why Rejection Hurts
171
Finding the Mind in the Body
185
Should the Law Depend on Luck?
198
How We Read Peoples Moral Minds
211
How Odd I Am
224
Where Does Human Diversity Come From?
237

Our Brains Know Why We Do What We Do
115
Is Shame Necessary?
128
Acknowledgments
249
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Max Brockman is the vice president 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 the Edge newsletter (www.edge.com). He lives in New York City.

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