The origins of life ... Extraterrestrials ... Our genetic destiny ... The roots of language and learning ... Quantum physics and the shape of the universe ... Artificial intelligence .. In a masterful "trial by reason," author John L. Casti presents all sides of the most important and vital scientific debates raging in the world today -- scrutinizing six perplexing "great questions" in the most engaging, astonishing and accessible amalgam of science and literature since A Brief History of Time.
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This was so cutting edge and relevant in 1990, it's still relevant. This is about the cutting and bleeding edge of what remains to be discovered. It's brilliant, skeptical, balanced, and brilliantly researched. Some of it gets overly academic for a casual reader, but DO NOT let that stop you. It's one of the best books on science that I have ever read.