ISBN : 9780199699353
The next wave of science writing is here. Editor Max Brockman has talent-spotted 19 young scientists, working on leading-edge research across a wide range of fields. Nearly half of them are women, and all of them are great communicators: their passion and excitement makes this collection a wonderfully invigorating read. We hear from an astrobiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena about the possibilities for life elsewhere in the solar system (and the universe); from the director of Yale's Comparative Cognition Laboratory about why we keep making the same mistakes; from a Cambridge lab about DNA synthesis; from the Tanzanian savannah about what lies behind attractiveness; we hear about how to breed plants to withstand disease, about ways to extract significance from the Interne's enormous datasets, about oceanography, neuroscience, microbiology, and evolutionary psychology.
1. On the Coming Age of Ocean Exploration
2. Children's Helping Hands
3. Molecular Cut and Paste
4. Next Step: Infinity
5. Nurture, Nature, and the Stress That is Life
6. What Can Huge Data Sets Teach Us About Society and Ourselves?
7. On the Universality of Attractiveness
8. To Err is Primate
9. Our Brains Know Why We Do What We Do
10. Is Shame Necessary?
11. Plant Immunity in a Changing World
12. The Emergence of Human Audiovisual Communication
13. Why Rejection Hurts
14. Finding the Mind in the Body
15. Should the Law Depend on Luck?
16. How We Read People's Moral Minds
17. How Odd I Am!
18. Where Does Human Diversity Come From?