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Reinventing the future : conversations with the world's leading scientists

Author: Thomas A Bass
Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub., ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The scientists in this collection of interviews are explorers. They have changed the rules of the game - altered our perception of reality and the language used to describe it. "There are two kinds of scientists," says Luc Montagnier, interviewed in this volume, "the explorers who set out to discover new territories - either an island or an entire continent - and those who occupy these territories and build
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Genre/Form: Interview
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Bass, Thomas A.
Reinventing the future.
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub., ©1994
(OCoLC)622010717
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas A Bass
ISBN: 020162642X 9780201626421
OCLC Number: 28293827
Description: vi, 249 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Sex and the mating game / Sarah Hrdy --
Virus hunters / Luc Montagnier --
Billion-dollar drugs / James Black --
Witch doctors / Thomas Adeoye Lambo --
The abortion pill / Etienne-Emile Baulieu --
Selfish genes / Richard Dawkins --
Exploring time / Farouk El-Baz --
Brain cells at work / Bert Sakmann --
Plague / Jonathan Mann --
Predicting chaos / Norman Packard --
Genes and politics / Mary-Claire King.
Responsibility: Thomas A. Bass.

Abstract:

The scientists in this collection of interviews are explorers. They have changed the rules of the game - altered our perception of reality and the language used to describe it. "There are two kinds of scientists," says Luc Montagnier, interviewed in this volume, "the explorers who set out to discover new territories - either an island or an entire continent - and those who occupy these territories and build structures on them."

This book is full of newly discovered continents. In eleven lively interviews, Thomas Bass's Reinventing the Future takes us on a tour through a breathtaking array of ideas. It opens vistas into molecular and cell biology, genetics, chaos theory, new drug research, and other disciplines in the process of shaping - reinventing - the future.

The interview format is a marvelous way to learn about scientific research. It puts the passion back into ideas. It highlights the questions and doubts that often precede great discoveries. Thomas Bass's success in emboldening these scientists to discuss their lives and work makes for dramatic reading. As Norman Packard, another interviewee explains it, "Information equals surprise, and the more information you have, the more surprised you are." This is a book full of surprises.

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