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The atom, the big bang, DNA, natural selection - all are ideas that have revolutionized science; and all were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped in recent years, and in At the Edge of Uncertainty, best-selling author Michael Brooks investigates the new wave of radical insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.
Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our story of how the cosmos came to be, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physiological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how it's time to redress the gender imbalance in clinical trials, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out whether the universe really is like a computer or if the flow of time is a mere illusion.
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By Kenton on 07-25-15
All smoke, no fire
I get it. You're not going to have a ton of solid evidence if you're looking at things beyond the current understanding of science. But you should have a lot of evidence that has lead you to explore them and has given you a degree of certainty that we are on the verge of breakthroughs in them.
Unfortunately this book doesn't. It simply uses developing areas of science as a launchpad to go hog wild prurporting old crackpot ideas as plausible explanations. Most are not only junk science, but honestly not even very imaginative either.
There were so many ideas put forth as "new" thinking that were just plain tired old hypotheses that have all been more or less picked over for years.
And the narrator... Awe, GAWD. Think of Dick Cheney with braces. If I heard his Jim Carey tooth whistle one more more time, I'd have torn my ears off.
171 of 196 people found this review helpful
By Gary on 03-22-16
Adequete but mostly rehash of other books
Zombies aren't real and they don't help in explaining consciousness, quantum computers and epigenetics are real (and cool), gender makes a difference in drug efficacy, entanglement is cool, time is not a part of physics, and the big bang theory doesn't explain everything and has some problems. All those concepts are explored in this book and probably are familiar to any regular listener of Audible's pop science books.
Science is not perfect and speculation beyond what we currently accept is worth while, but to make a book really worth my while tell me things I don't already know. This book fails at telling me things I haven't read elsewhere.
If you're not too familiar with pop science books, this book provides a good essay approach to a lot of interesting topics (with a little bit too much speculation, though), but for almost everyone else I would recommend skipping this book. (Except, the section on epigenetics did standout and the understanding about the importance of epigenetics needs to be more widely understood).
5 of 5 people found this review helpful