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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, geneticially 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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About the Author

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 Web site Edge. He lives in New York City.

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9780739301500
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
John Brockman, editor

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