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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 Narrator: Henry Leyva, Jennifer Wiltsie, Oliver Wyman, Simon Prebble Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2002 ISBN: 9780739301500
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/25/2012

    " Is there a shelf for "couldn't finish reading b/c it felt a little too much like homework"? i got halfway through and really enjoyed some of the softer essays...especially the one on the science of happiness. but then whatever science kick i was on when i bought it faded and i gave it to my mom. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alon Gutman | 11/21/2011

    " Just not good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 9/27/2011

    " Interesting ideas about what will happen in the next half-century. I enjoyed the psychology articles and the ideas that we are going to genetically engineer happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 12/21/2010

    " Lots of fascinating ideas here. Not all of them are amazing, but some of them are very thought provoking, like the person that actively disbelieves in their own free will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/13/2010

    " Very interesting book. The title is a but misleading at times, it's more, "what we believe but haven't yet proven" than anything else.

    Still a good read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/12/2009

    " Vignettes from experts on the cutting edge of science, this book is just fodder for the mill of any Sci-Fi writer's mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jsalem | 1/13/2009

    " goofy cover. crucial book. the future of mankind is somewhere in these pages...who will we be? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 12/20/2008

    " The concept behind this work was more interesting than the execution. But since it is a collection, some essays are better than others. "

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About the Author
Author John Brockman

John Brockman, editor of many books, including The Next Fifty Years, is also the author of By the Late John Brockman, The Third Culture, and Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite. He is the founder and CEO of Brockman Inc., a literary and software agency, and the publisher and editor of the website Edge. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrators

Henry Leyva, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a classically trained actor with extensive work in theater, television, film, and radio. He has appeared off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country in many plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Street Car Named Desire. He has also performed in audio dramas for the Syfy Channel and National Public Radio.

Jennifer Wiltsie’s films include Wendigo, Uninvited, and The Fever. She has guest starred on HBO’s The Sopranos and Masterpiece Theatre’s Clarissa. On Broadway she has performed with Matthew Broderick in Night Must Fall, and her off-Broadway credits include Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.