"We'd certainly be better off if everyone sampled the fabulous Edge symposium, which, like the best in science, is modest and daring all at once." -- David Brooks, NY Times
Academia, with its somewhat slow coping structure and fixed traditions, resisted needs for a review of the outdated programs that could redefine a description of effective science and arts education curricula, worthy of the 21st century. Harvard Dean Summers has lately called for a more interdisciplinary approach to learning, that looks at the foundational objectives of a number of curriculum areas, in order to dissolve the boundaries of areas of study and encourage learning across the curriculum. Although he could not sell his pursued agenda, he has been vindicated recently by Cornell's Martin Bernal in the 'Black Athena debate'. While Academia, may appear a strange place whenever looked at from outside, the outsiders are blocked from looking in on the research being done by this next generation of scientists, some of whom will go on to become leading actors and communicators of science.
Editor Max Brockman presents eighteen essays of some of the most promising and creative investigators and innovative writers in this collection of intellectual research that arouses great interest, in order to introduce most recent theses, concepts and scientific speculation. He believes this opacity, confined to academic journals, was the drive behind the first essay collection in this intellectual series, he edits. "Future Science" is presenting to American readers and science enthusiasts eighteen youthful scientists, most of whom are offering their writings to general readers for the first time. Featured in this collection are a virologist discussing his research in immunity; a computer scientist, analyzing massive data sets telling us what it reveals about individuals and society; a neuroscientist, exploring the physical effects of social rejection; and a physicist, giving the readers a virtual taste of infinity.
Going beyond biology's limits, or how laboratory advances, will change the way we think about the law. What consumes the best and brightest minds working in science today, engaged in the future prospects of science, seemed to be an ideal means and appropriate way for this group of scientists to communicate their ideas. The organization behind the work is the same, while the title of every new collection is different. Future Science features essays of scientists from a broad field of sciences, writing about what they're working on and what excites them the most. His new anthology, "Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge," is intended for the curious layperson, a provocative survey of the ever-expanding scientific frontier. This exciting collection of writings by younger scientists describes the very 'transparent boundaries' of our knowledge.
"Frequently, through my work as a literary agent, I've noticed that if you're an academic who writes about your work for a general audience, you're thought by some of your colleagues to be wasting your time and, ..., endangering your academic career." --Max Brockman
*** Here follows just a small sample from Future Science's essays:
"If humans are to succeed as a species, our collective shame over destroying other life-forms should grow in proportion to our understanding of their various ecological roles. Maybe the same attention to one another that promoted our own evolutionary success will keep us from failing the other species in life's fabric and, in the end, ourselves." -- Jennifer Jacquet, Is Shame Necessary?
"For much of human history, we have been explorers of other continents -- examiners of rocks and regions ripe for habitation, the culmination being the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration and the capstone being our flags and footprints on the surface of the Moon. But in the decades and centuries to come, exploration, both human and robotic, will increasingly focus on the ocean depths, of both our own ocean and the subsurface oceans believed to exist on at least five moons of the outer Solar System: Jupiter's Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto and Saturn's Titan and Enceladus. The total volume of liquid water on those worlds is estimated to be more than a hundred times the volume of liquid water on Earth." -- Kevin Hand, On the Coming Age of Ocean Exploration
"My virus will be self-replicating, but only in certain tissue-culture cells; it will cause any cell it infects to glow bright green and will serve as a research tool to help me answer questions concerning antiviral immunity. I have designed my virus out of parts--some standard and often used, some particular to this virus--using sequences that hail from bacteria, bacterio-phages, jellyfish, and the common cold virus. By simply putting these parts together, ... A combination of cheap DNA synthesis, freely accessible databases, and our ever expanding knowledge of protein science is conspiring to permit a revolution in creating powerful molecular tools." -- William McEwan, Molecular Cut and Paste