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Scientists love to speculate about the direction research and technology will take us, and editor John Brockman has given a stellar panel free rein to imagine the future in The Next Fifty Years. From brain-swapping and the hunt for extraterrestrials to the genetic elimination of unhappiness and a new scientific morality, the ideas in this book are wild and thought-provoking. The list of scientists and thinkers who participate is impressive: Lee Smolin and Martin Rees on cosmology; Ian Stewart on mathematics; and Richard Dawkins and Paul Davies on the life sciences, just to name a few. Many of the authors remind readers that science has changed a lot since the blind optimism of the early 20th century, and they are unanimously aware of the potential consequences of the developments they describe. Fifty years is a long time in the information age, and these essays do a credible and entertaining job of guessing where we're going. --Therese Littleton
Agent Brockman has collected 25 of his writers to discuss the future of science in their respective fields of study. Several of these writers surpass ordinary trend spotting to entertain some rather pulse-quickening ideas completely beyond the kin of the so-called dominant paradigm. And some are of a magnitude to radically advance the nature of humans' interaction with each other, the planet and beyond. The neurologist Robert Sapolsky, for example, posits that sadness will take its place alongside AIDS and Alzheimer's as the most notorious medical disasters of the next half-century. Brockman, who is also an author-editor (The Third Culture; The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2,000 Years, etc.), divides his collection into two parts: the future in theory and the future in practice. Theoretical topics include cosmology, what it means to be alive, the nature of consciousness and the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence. Mars exploration, DNA sequencing, neuroscience, child rearing and the like are addressed in the practical half. These essays can be quite technical, intended as they are to make the latest scientific information available for cross-disciplinary research. The intellectual adventures collected here point to a future that is dazzlingly bright, at least to the eyes of these unorthodox thinkers. The general public, for whom these essays are also written, should be similarly bedazzled.
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Another underwhelming entry from Edge and John Brockman (editor). These books are much less stimulating than they should be, and the included thinkers' perspective of reality shows... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Abner Rosenweig
I already owned a copy of this book and found it absorbing, so much so that I ordered additional copies for friends. I am strongly considering ordering more.Published 19 months ago by Edgar Wright
The 25 essays (about 5-10 pages each) contained in this book are all from leading academic experts in their field. Hence they are very authoritative. Read morePublished on November 19, 2011 by Yoda
I am sure this book was not easy to put together - brought together are some
excellent scientists, most of whom were still very active in their fields in 2000,
and many... Read more
This book has a lot of intelligent insights, from different authors. It isn't written in a boring or too scientifically acute way, and almost everything should be understandable by... Read morePublished on November 26, 2009 by Stephane Wenric
I found this book and its various essays to be very interesting and insightful into future possibilities. Physical book quality is normal. Read morePublished on October 25, 2009 by Arvin
A very interesting read and outlook in terms of the scientific approach to the future.Published on September 29, 2009 by M. Ngo
This book is a great look into where some of our leading minds think we may be heading. If nothing else it will pique your curiosity and imagination... Read morePublished on September 13, 2009 by J. Sweeney
This book is definitely interesting and well written, and puts forth generally plausible ideas from many bright, well respected people. Read morePublished on November 18, 2007 by Bookophile