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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (175 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Brockman, John Brockman Narrator: Henry Leyva, Jennifer Wiltsie, Oliver Wyman, Simon Prebble Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, genetically 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

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jonathan El-Bizri | 9/5/2013

    " A bit dated, and short-sighted. I didn't pick up that much from this book that wasn't covered better elsewhere, or was no longer relevant. There are a couple of chapters that were worth the read, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben Hackel | 12/16/2012

    " A nice collection of essays in a variety of fields. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Saur | 9/9/2012

    " Some neat concepts. Varying writing quality (expected in a book of this type). Found it a bit dated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jonathan | 7/10/2012

    " It was very interesting. Some of the articles were too technical for easy enjoyment, but the broad variety of thought on the current state and future changes in science was very enlightening. "

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