Paradigms Lost

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HarperCollins, Nov 1, 1990 - Science - 592 pages

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. 

About the author (1990)

About the author John L. Casti is a Professor at the Institute for Econometrics, Operations Research, and System Theory at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. He is the author or editor of nine books, including, most recently, Linear Dynamical Systems and Paradigms Lost: Conflicting Visions of Reality in Modern Science, a science book for the general reader. In addition, he has published over 70 research papers. Professor Casti received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1970.

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