An Optimist's Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "What's Next?" (Paperback)

One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "What's Next?"

By Mark Stevenson

Avery Publishing Group, 9781583334560, 373pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2012

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Description

In the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, a smart and entertaining guide to the future.

Mark Stevenson-a writer, deep thinker, and stand-up comedian-set out simply, asking, -What's next for our species?- and then traveled the globe in pursuit of the answers. Along the way, he visited the Australian outback to visit the farmers who can save us from climate change, met a robot with mood swings, and talked to the Spaniard who's putting a hotel in space. While some might be overwhelmed, or even dismayed by the looming realities of genome sequencing, synthetic biology, a nuclear renaissance, and carbon scrubbing, Stevenson remains, well, optimistic. Drawing on his singular humor and storytelling to break down these sometimes complicated discoveries, An Optimist's Tour of the Future paints a wonderfully readable, and completely enthralling portrait of where we'll be when we grow up- and why it's not so scary.



About the Author

Mark Stevenson is codirector of Flow Associates, Britain's most respected cultural learning consultancy, and ReAgency, a leading organization that promotes science communication. He lives in London.


Praise For An Optimist's Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "What's Next?"

"Stevenson describes our future's possibilities with a journalist's eye for detail, a teacher's knack for translating complexities, and a comic's wry commentary."
--Christian Science Monitor

"A series of sharp and fascinating interviews with technological innovators and scientific visionaries."
--Wall Street Journal

"Stevenson surveys a huge number of research fields - synthetic biology, nanotech, robotics and alternative energy to name just a few - in labs on nearly every continent, and weaves the most promising aspects of each into one grand vision. ... The book is a refreshing reminder that the future will always belong to the optimists."
--The New Scientist

"Stevenson does a great job of delivering all the facts with a sense of wonder and curiosity... I highly recommend this book."
--Wired's Geek Dad

"From longevity science to robotics to cancer research, Stevenson explores the most cutting-edge ideas in science and technology from around the world, the important ethical and philosophical questions they raise, and, perhaps most importantly, the incredible potential for innovation through the cross-pollination of these different ideas and disciplines."
--The Atlantic

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