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The next fifty years : science in the first half of the twenty-first century

Author: John Brockman
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A brilliant ensemble of the world's most visionary scientists provides twenty-five original never-before-published essays about the advances in science and technology that we may see within our lifetimes. Theoretical physicist and bestselling author Paul Davies examines the likelihood that by the year 2050 we will be able to establish a continuing human presence on Mars. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Next fifty years.
New York : Vintage Books, ©2002
(DLC) 2001057368
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Brockman
ISBN: 9780307429070 0307429075
OCLC Number: 320326355
Notes: "A Vintage original"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 301 pages)
Responsibility: edited by John Brockman.

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A brilliant ensemble of the world's most visionary scientists provides twenty-five original never-before-published essays about the advances in science and technology that we may see within our lifetimes. Theoretical physicist and bestselling author Paul Davies examines the likelihood that by the year 2050 we will be able to establish a continuing human presence on Mars. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi investigates the ramifications of engineering high-IQ, geneticially happy babies. Psychiatrist Nancy Etcoff explains current research into the creation of emotion-sensing jewelry that could gauge our moods and tell us when to take an anti-depressant pill. And evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explores the probability that we will soon be able to obtain a genome printout that predicts our natural end for the same cost as a chest x-ray. (Will we want to read it' And will insurance companies and governments have access to it') This fascinating and unprecedented book explores not only the practical possibilities of the near future, but also the social and political ramifications of the developments of the strange new world to come. Also includes original essays by: Lee Smolin Martin Rees Ian Stewart Brian Goodwin Marc D. Hauser Alison Gopnik Paul Bloom Geoffrey Miller Robert M. Sapolsky Steven Strogatz Stuart Kauffman John H. Holland Rodney Brooks Peter Atkins Roger C. Schank Jaron Lanier David Gelernter Joseph LeDoux Judith Rich Harris Samuel Barondes Paul W. Ewald From the Trade Paperback edition.

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