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What Remains to Be Discovered : Mapping the Secrets of the Universe, the Origins of Life, and the Future of the Human Race download epub

by John Maddox


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What wonders of science will the 21st century bring? John Maddox takes up this challenge by describing precisely what remains to be discovered.

What wonders of science will the 21st century bring? John Maddox takes up this challenge by describing precisely what remains to be discovered. Building on twenty-three years' experience at the helm of the world's preeminent science magazine, Nature, Maddox identifies new areas of discovery in physics, biology, health, intelligence, and global catastrophe. As Maddox shows, the rate of scientific discovery will continue to accelerate, hurtling us toward ever more exciting discoveries in the next century.

Through the major part of the book, Maddox works through physics . As for the number of genes, it is now known that there are 30,000 genes, not 100,000 as thought at the time of the book.

In the life sciences he covers the origins of life, evolution, genetics, and embriology. The third part takes a look at cognitive science from two different ways of studying the brain: computer modeling and neuroscience, as well as a chapter on threats to human existence, such as climate change, asteriod or comet strikes, and genetic change.

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I particularly enjoyed the clarity of his descriptions of the current status of the science involved - not surprising, considering his responsibilities at Nature. The future will likely prove his predictions wrong, but I don't think it will disprove his larger point, that science has an promising future. This should be an inspirational book for students of science. Publication information. Pick Attribution: John Maddox.

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The unveiling of the human genome is only 4 years ahead (or less, according to recent news releases). Maddox provides topics aplenty that remain for 21st century biologists as they deepen the questions asked of nature

The unveiling of the human genome is only 4 years ahead (or less, according to recent news releases). Maddox provides topics aplenty that remain for 21st century biologists as they deepen the questions asked of nature. Can life be created in vitro? What is the meaning of the many DNA repeat sequences and the two-thirds of DNA that is junk ? Can we model cellular metabolism and its clumsy, complex, intertwined g a democracy rather than a dictatorship? Can we understand evolution through molecular phylogeny? How does the mind function?

What wonders of science will the 21st century bring? . In 1998 Maddox demonstrates that we are on the verge of a whole new age of genetic manipulation: we are g. Результаты поиска по книге.

What wonders of science will the 21st century bring? Is all we know about gravity, DNA, and artificial intelligence only a hint of what we have not even begun to understand? . Now John Maddox takes up the challenge of describing precisely what remains to be discovered. Building on 23 years' experience at the helm of the world's preeminent science magazine, Nature, Maddox identifies new areas of discovery in physics, biology, health, intelligence, and global catastrophe. Отзывы - Написать отзыв. hcubic, January 27, 2013.

What Remains to Be Discovered: Mapping the Secrets of the Universe, the Origins of Life, and . Sir John was Director of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project 1964–66 and director, Nuffield Foundation 1975–1980.

What Remains to Be Discovered: Mapping the Secrets of the Universe, the Origins of Life, and the Future of the Human Race. In 1995 Maddox was knighted. In 2000 he was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society. His nomination read:. He is the author of five books, and many scientific contributions to newspapers and journals. He has also contributed regularly to broadcasting and television, and has a notable record of public service.

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One of the foremost visionary scientists of the twentieth century maps out how he believes humankind can expect the realms of science to expand and speculates as well about whether some of our age-old questions may soon be answered. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Comments: (7)

ndup
I read this some time ago. Because I found it so interesting, I gave it to my son-in-law for his birthday.
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I am among those who found this book quite difficult to read. I am not a scientist by training and a good share of the most technical description and discussion did not really make that much sense to me.

Nonetheless I learned much from the book. The main premise that there remains much to be discovered and known seems to me indisputable .And this even though there may be realms such as quantum physics where the main map is already largely drawn, and the questions which remain are of more minor significance.

The most challenging questions are as I understand it those which relate to the human mind and human situation. It is clear that we are not even close in having a real understanding of how the ' mind ' works. And in a world in which there are so many rapid developments scientifically and techologically it is clear that the major question, of the future of mankind( And our possible replacement or supplementation by other intelligences) has no clear and simple answer.

Maddox writing toward the end of the book on the possible disasters of Mankind is especially disconcerting. He does not go into the detail that Martin Rees does in presenting the various ways we may finish ourselves off, or be finished off, but he is disconcerting enough.

Above all though I think he achieves his main purpose in the book, and refutes those who want to argue that the main scientific problems (John Horgan) have already been taken care of.

Anyone who studies history or the creative life of mankind knows that so long as we are here and thinking and exploring we will be making and creating new problems and new questions.
Lesesshe
I have to confess that I did not finish this book, as I was convinced of its merits about halfway through.

"What Remains to be Discovered" provides a good overview of astronomy, the origin of life, and the future of our world. It is nice to have all three in one volume. However, the writing is uninteresting and inconsistent.

The first section, on astrophysics, is very strong and authoritative, but written much more engagingly by Stephen Hawking in "A Brief History of Time."

The second section, on life, was much weaker and the reason I stopped reading. Written at a high school level (most readers are already familiar with cholorplasts and mitochondria, but he takes time to define them), this section presented general ideas on the origin of life, but provided few facts. Maddox seems much less familiar with the extant scientific literature on this subject than he does on astronomy. He presents few results of scientific studies and focusses mostly on a logical, theoretical approach. I much prefered Stuart Kauffman's "At Home in the Universe."

I give it three stars because it presents these ideas in one volume, an ambitious undertaking and would be a decent overview for someone who did not wish to take the time to read the several other, and more thorough, books on these subjects.
Orevise
Though I am not schooled in any of the sciences and my only motivation to read the book was my endless curiosity, I got quite a bit of information and enjoyment out of What Remains To Be Discovered. John Maddox possesses an impressive intellect and the ability to convey the world's most complex theorems in a way many of us can appreciate. To read the book is to receive a graduate degree in physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics--or least the Cliff Notes version.
I was left with more questions than answers, but I think that's the point. We'll never know it all. I was fascinated by the riddles and incomprehensible beauty and perfection of life and matter at the sub-atomic levels our knowledge now reaches. The impossibility of how things apparently work is enough to secure one's faith in a supreme being--or not, depending on your point of view.
I really enjoyed the section in the end in which Maddox looks at the probabilities of global catastrophe, such as meteor impacts, global warming, etc. I found one gem in there so intriguing, I've made it part of the premise in my next novel (Big Ice, ISBN #1-59286-587-9).
This book is clearly not for every reader. Those with marginal vocabulary or reading skills--or no interest in science--will be turned off immediately. This is sophisticated stuff. It's written about as readable as you can make it, but for some that won't be enough. For Brainiacs who would rather slit their wrists than read a Louis L'Amour novel, this book is a dream come true. Prepare to exercise your brain. --Christopher Bonn Jonnes, author of Wake Up Dead.
Gavinrage
This book presupposes some scientific background. If you want to feel comfortable with every chapter you read, you need to have broad (but not deep) understanding of the sciences. I am a social scientist, but found almost all of this book highly readable. Maddox, who was knighted for his contribution to science, presents the known mysteries that are yet to be solved. Among these are the workings of the brain, the exact origin of the universe and its exact nature (e.g. what is dark matter and where is it?), and the origin of life. These are important questions to which we do not have (completely) satisfactory answers. This goes against the "end of science" thesis postulated a few years before by John Horgan and others. Of course, Maddox can only deal at length with those things which we know are unanwwered, but these mysteries may not be the only ones there are. Perhaps new deep mysteries will arise, and perhaps some are so deep that even the relevant questions that have to be asked about them are forever beyond merely human intelligence. Maddox gives a vast overview, and it makes you awestruck at the sight of this grand world and the sheer power of science and technology that continue to probe ever deeper into its mysteries.
What Remains to Be Discovered : Mapping the Secrets of the Universe, the Origins of Life, and the Future of the Human Race download epub
History & Philosophy
Author: John Maddox
ISBN: 068482292X
Category: Science & Math
Subcategory: History & Philosophy
Language: English
Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (October 20, 1998)
Pages: 448 pages