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The origin of life. The beginning and end of the universe. The workings of the brain. These are the big questions, the ones scientists and nonscientists alike love to ponder and that give deeper meaning to our quest for knowledge. John Maddox, former longtime editor of Nature, has endeavored to outline our progress, and, more importantly, our goals in these and other fields of study.
What Remains to Be Discovered details the past, present, and possible future of science in three sections: "Matter," "Life," and "Our World." The author's broad, multidisciplinary grasp of science is apparent as he guides us effortlessly through the work of scientists from ancient times to the present. Having first shown us an up-to-date map of scientific knowledge, he then emphasizes the large blank spaces still remaining and suggests where explorers might best continue their efforts.
From natural selection to the luminiferous ether, each question answered has provoked many, often more difficult, challenges for a new generation of researchers. Maddox hints at what our future textbooks will say, but is also careful to remind us that the history of science is full of surprises. We'll do well to remember that as we enter the 21st century. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As the editor of Nature, one of the world's premiere scientific journals, for nearly a quarter century, Maddox (Beyond the Energy Crisis, etc.) is uniquely positioned to reflect on the nature of science, both its successes and its challenges. He does so exceedingly well here. Reaching back to the dawn of civilization, Maddox provides an insightful view into the history and philosophy of science. By focusing on some of the "big" fields of science?cosmology, quantum mechanics, cell biology, genetics, evolution and neuroscience, for example?he has crafted a primer worthy of study. But this is not an introduction for the uninitiated. Maddox, assuming his readers are conversant with basic scientific thinking, wastes no time on first principles. The most futuristic chapter, which deals with possible calamities that might befall the human race, is also the most accessible. In it, Maddox discusses the threats arising from emerging diseases, global warming, asteroid impact and the possible instability of the human genome. Throughout this admirable if sometimes difficult work, Maddox evinces wisdom won over a lifetime, arguing articulately about the complementarity of pure and applied research while recognizing that many of our most pressing problems must incorporate a political as well as a technical dimension. BOMC and QPB alternates; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this some time ago. Because I found it so interesting, I gave it to my son-in-law for his birthday.Published on March 2, 2013 by Guy Hollyday
The title of the review suggested a negative reaction to the book. It is only in light of succeeding events that my attitude has been affected. Read morePublished on August 25, 2007 by Avid Reader
Probably written originally for the `fin de siecle' market, I suspect this book will have a much longer shelf life. Read morePublished on January 4, 2003 by Sam Nico
John Maddox was long-time editor "Nature". Magazine. All in professional scientific research know "Science" and "Nature" are the two preeminent... Read morePublished on October 6, 2002 by Joe Walker
This book presupposes some scientific background. If you want to feel comfortable with every chapter you read, you need to have broad (but not deep) understanding of the sciences. Read morePublished on February 24, 2001 by unraveler
Though I am not schooled in any of the sciences and my only motivation to read the book was my endless curiosity, I got quite a bit of information and enjoyment out of What Remains... Read morePublished on November 24, 2000 by Christopher B. Jonnes
Its a brief summary of what we know and what in 1997 we were looking at. Nothing very deep but readable. Some of the issues have already been solved such as Fermat last theorem.Published on July 12, 2000
I would skip this one. It is comprehensive, but far from scintillating. It is not a page turner (except to the extent that the reader is repeatedly compelled to turn to the end... Read morePublished on February 16, 2000