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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (114 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Max Brockman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9780307933706
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Editor Max Brockman presents the work of some of today’s brightest and most innovative young researchers in this fascinating collection of writings that introduce the very latest theories and discoveries in science.
 
Future Science features eighteen young scientists, most of whom are presenting their work and ideas to a general audience for the first time. Included 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

* Anthony Aguirre, a physicist, who gives readers a tantalizing glimpse of infinity

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, author of The Stuff of Thought

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A title wave of talent. . . . A wealth of new and exciting ideas. Stephen Pinker, author of The Stuff of Thought

  • I would have killed for books like this when I was a student! Brian Eno
  • 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
  • A good overview of what’s happening in today’s laboratories. Booklist
  • A glimpse of how today’s daring science is defining tomorrow’s lines for inquiry. . . . Readers will delight in the complexity of its exciting mosaic. Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BAKU | 11/21/2013

    " the best part was the Perdomo painting on the cover "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake Cooper | 9/13/2013

    " Decent showing with a couple 4-star essays, but this doesn't sway my position in the science-writers vs. scientists-as-writers debate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Garnand | 5/31/2013

    " Wonderful little essays that point to where we are heading in understanding ourselves and our world. This are short, quick reads a la Scientific American, teasers. If you love executive summaries of fascinating topics, this is a great little read. I stress: short writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/5/2013

    " Good hammock reading. A lot of fun thought experiments that pursue, as one of the essayists put it, "Squishy science." As fun for the rest of us to contemplate as it the scientists and researchers whose hard science make these flights possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kareen Boncales | 4/12/2013

    " Good compilation of scientific essays from various fields. I like that the essays were written by young scientists whose voices and ideas would normally be buried under the stuffy, restrictive channels of academia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 aPriL MEOWS often with scratching | 3/25/2013

    " An interesting, science magazine style book for passing the time on a lazy afternoon. I read it this Sunday while my husband watched golf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 2/27/2013

    " Just a compilation of 19 graduate and post-doc researchers' essays on a wide variety of topics; no sales pitch to cheapen or unify them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Campbell | 11/16/2012

    " Was really looking forward to this and so was very disappointed to not enjoy it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nevin | 9/9/2012

    " Some essays are on the short side and could use more depth and data. The majority of them are nothing short of compelling however. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynda | 6/16/2012

    " A few essays were appealing. Others were the type where I jumped ahead to the last page to find out the results. It is not a "wealth of new and exciting ideas" as the back cover suggests. It is a book worth checking out of the library and glancing through in a couple eves or afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josiah | 2/22/2012

    " Few managed to be both interesting and easy to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith Swenson | 12/2/2011

    " Interesting selection of essays by young scientists. Nothing particularly unexpected. It is a snapshot of research directions today. Perhaps my expectations were too high. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nevin | 10/17/2011

    " Some essays are on the short side and could use more depth and data. The majority of them are nothing short of compelling however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/10/2011

    " Good hammock reading. A lot of fun thought experiments that pursue, as one of the essayists put it, "Squishy science." As fun for the rest of us to contemplate as it the scientists and researchers whose hard science make these flights possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stargrave | 8/21/2011

    " Few managed to be both interesting and easy to read. "

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