Essays from the Cutting Edge
By Max Brockman
Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307741912, 247pp.
Publication Date: August 9, 2011
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 cliches of the current public perception of science.
Steven Pinker, author of The Stuff of Thought
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”