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The bestselling author of Free Radicals takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the most controversial areas of modern science

The atom, the big bang, DNA, natural selection—all are ideas that have revolutionized science; and all were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven’t stopped in recent years, and in At the Edge of Uncertainty, bestselling author Michael Brooks investigates the new wave of radical insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.

Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our story of how the cosmos came to be, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physiological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how it’s time to redress the gender imbalance in clinical trials, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out whether the universe really is like a computer or if the flow of time is a mere illusion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brooks, a consultant at New Scientist, highlights numerous areas of research that give pause to many scientists and throw lay readers into confusion in this challenging and mind-bending work…His goal isn’t always to make sense of things, as some scientific work has only reached the stage of pointing out the problems in previously held theories. Perhaps he sums his work up best when he writes ‘common sense is not a useful guide to reality.’”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • New Statesman columnist Brooks details research being conducted on the extreme frontiers of science…The edgy edge of scientific investigation presented with verve.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Physicist and writer Michael Brooks wants readers to take a new look at things we think we already understand, and he has an engaging way of making his point…His book touches on advanced computing, essential differences between men and women, the power of the will to live, mysteries of the cosmos, and more…He hopes that you, like the ever-questing scientists he applauds, will want to know more.”

    Washington Post

  • “Sean Runnette proves an excellent choice for listeners to follow the disruptions to the fundamentals of science. With a clear and emphatic voice, he provides an aural spotlight to help listeners navigate through complex ideas such as the environmental influence on genes, the inconsistency of time, and how the universe operates as a computer. Runnette is comfortable with the material and careful with his tone; it’s clear he doesn’t want to lose listeners. His attitude seems reassuring, which is helpful for an intellectually demanding book like this.”

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