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Present at the Future: From Evolution to Nanotechnology, Candid and Controversial Conversations on Science and Nature Paperback – August 26, 2008
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About the Author
Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of Talk of the Nation: Science Friday®. He is the author of Rainbows, Curve Balls, and They All Laughed. He lives in Connecticut.
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More significantly it is just not very well written. Here is the sentence that had me laughing out loud:
"Sitting on the panel, beside the usual film folks, was Dr. James Watson, the famous codiscoverer, with Dr. Francis Crick, of the three-dimensional structure of the DNA molecule, 50 years before." (p.203)
This is not the only instance of convoluted writing.
There also are problems in the editing of the book.
For instance, on p. 109:
"Remember our energy numbers? Remember that corn ethanol gives you a return of 1.25 energy units for each energy unit you put into growing, harvesting, and turning the corn into ethanol?"
Well, no in fact I don't. Because he hasn't mentioned it until p. 114
"Their results were startling. Ethanol returns 25 percent more energy than it takes to put into it. So if you put 100 units of every into growing, harvesting, and turning corn into alcohol, you get a yield of 125 units of energy."
In conclusion, there are some interesting ideas in this book but they are marred by some poor writing and editing.
My only quibble with the book is Flatow's alarming tendency to start a paragraph with a quote, write four or five sentences, and then recycle the exact same quote--which struck me as somewhat sloppy. Surely the experts he interviewed provided him with more than one usable soundbite. But honestly, it's a very small flaw in an otherwise excellent book.
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I recently read this and Ira Flatow's other book, "They All Laughed..." I have found both to be fun, interesting books filled with fascinating insight into the lives of important... Read morePublished on May 27, 2009 by HLR
As I expected, this was a fun book to read. I did not any significant errors.
The presentation was disjointed with no clear direction.