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Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge | [Max Brockman]

Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge

Future Science features 19 young scientists, most of whom are presenting their innovative work and ideas to a general audience for the first time. Featured in this collection are William McEwan, a virologist, discussing his research into the biology of antiviral immunity; Naomi Eisenberger, a neuroscientist, wondering how social rejection affects us physically; Jon Kleinberg, a computer scientist, showing what massive datasets can teach us about society and ourselves; and Anthony Aguirre, a physicist, who gives readers a tantalizing glimpse of infinity.
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Editor Max Brockman introduces the work of some of today’s brightest and most innovative young scientists in this fascinating and exciting collection of writings that describe the very boundaries of our knowledge.

Future Science features nineteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their innovative work and ideas to a general audience for the first time. Featured in this collection are William McEwan, a virologist, discussing his research into the biology of antiviral immunity; Naomi Eisenberger, a neuroscientist, wondering how social rejection affects us physically; Jon Kleinberg, a computer scientist, showing what massive datasets can teach us about society and ourselves; and Anthony Aguirre, a physicist, who gives readers a tantalizing glimpse of infinity.

©2011 Max Brockman (P)2011 Random House Audio

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“I would have killed for books like this when I was a student!” (Brian Eno, Musician, Producer, U2, Cold Play, Paul Simon)

Future Science shares with the world a delightful secret that we academics have been keeping - that despite all the hysteria about how electronic media are dumbing down the next generation, a tidal wave of talent has been flooding into science, making their elders feel like the dumb ones... It has a wealth of new and exciting ideas, and will help shake up our notions regarding the age, sex, color, and topic clichés of the current public perception of science.”(Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature)

“This remarkable collection of fluent and fascinating essays reminds me that there is almost nothing as spine-tinglingly exciting as glimpsing a new nugget of knowledge for the first time. These young scientists give us a treasure trove of precious new insights.” (Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen and Rational Optimism)

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    "Cutting Edge Research for the General Reader"

    Max Brockman in Future Science provides essays by a number of cutting edge researchers about their work. Some of the essays will thrill, some will raise questions, some will disturb and others will spur the reader to read even further. The essays are readily available to the general reader and actually read as though they were edited by a single person to the reader’s benefit. In this volume Kevin Hand writes about ocean exploration, Felix Warneken the origin’s of human altruism, William McEwan DNA, and Jon Kleinberg reveals what data sets can teach us about society and ourselves. Others follow a similar path and there is something for every taste. Each essay is read by a different narrator corresponding to the gender of the writer. Each is very good.

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