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The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-first…

by John Brockman (Editor)

Other authors: Peter Atkins (Contributor), Samuel Barondes (Contributor), Paul Bloom (Contributor), Rodney Brooks (Contributor), Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Contributor)20 more, Paul Davies (Contributor), Richard Dawkins (Contributor), Nancy Etcoff (Contributor), Paul W. Ewald (Contributor), David Gelernter (Contributor), Brian Goodwin (Contributor), Alison Gopnik (Contributor), Judith Rich Harris (Contributor), Marc D. Hauser (Contributor), John H. Holland (Contributor), Stuart Kauffman (Contributor), Jaron Lanier (Contributor), Joseph Ledoux (Contributor), Geoffrey Miller (Contributor), Martin Rees (Contributor), Robert M. Sapolsky (Contributor), Roger C. Schank (Contributor), Lee Smolin (Contributor), Ian Stewart (Contributor), Steven Strogatz (Contributor)

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This is a book for those who wish to be entertained for a few hours. However, if you're looking for serious predictions on the future, you ought to go where everyone else goes: back to bed. ( )
  ral12345 | Jun 5, 2009 |
When I first got this book (2003), I was very excited about the concept of a book of short essays on what we expect to see over the next fifty years of science. But now as I look at it, I am disappointed by the author selection: Lee Smolin next to Martin Rees, and Paul Davies next to Richard Dawkins? How is a layperson supposed to know who to trust and who might be a little off their rockers?* Then there's poor Ian Stewart predicing that the Poincare conjecture won't be proved by 2050; the book was sadly out of date no more than two weeks after I finished reading it. Basically, some of the essays probably do have merit, but since it most likely takes someone knowledgeable in that field to be able to say so, this book has little overall to offer. Might be entertaining again come 2050, though :)

*For the record, when it comes to pointificating on science, my money is on Rees and Dawkins. ( )
  mollishka | Aug 27, 2008 |
Essays by really smart people. Much like the great stuff on Brockman's www.edge.com site.
  fpagan | Dec 25, 2006 |
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Brockman, JohnEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atkins, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barondes, SamuelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloom, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brooks, RodneyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Csikszentmihalyi, MihalyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davies, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dawkins, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Etcoff, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ewald, Paul W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gelernter, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goodwin, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gopnik, AlisonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, Judith RichContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hauser, Marc D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holland, John H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kauffman, StuartContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Ledoux, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, GeoffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rees, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sapolsky, Robert M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375713425, Paperback)

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

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