The Edge of the Unknown: 101 Things You Don't Know about Science and No One Else Does Either

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996 - 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, he surveys the great contested questions that preoccupy researchers today and will become the headlines of tomorrow. In a series of elegant three-page summations, written with wit and wisdom, Dr. Trefil predicts the course of future breakthroughs over the whole range of the sciences. The Edge of the Unknown asks and answers such questions as: Is there an asteroid in our future? What's the likelihood of discovering proof of extraterrestrial intelligence? Can we reasonably hope to cure brain tumors with an injection? What's the future of "designer drugs" and DNA repair? Will we ever understand consciousness? Are physicists on the verge of discovering the origin of the universe? How worried should we be about killer bees and mutant viruses? The Edge of the Unknown is the perfect book and ideal gift for browsers of the s

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Trefil, a physics professor and a prolific science writer (From Atoms to Quarks, LJ 11/15/94), has expressed concern over the lack of scientific literacy in the general public. He attempts to address ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

James Trefil was born in Chicago and educated at the University of Illinois, Oxford University, and Stanford University, where he earned a Ph.D. in physics. Currently Clarence H. Robinson Professor of physics at George Mason University, he is among the well-respected scientists who have the skill to translate physics for the general reader into prose worthy of an English major. For example, his "meditation trilogy," described below, recounts interesting examples, clear explanations, and the wonder of science in Trefil's beautiful and lively language.

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