What the Future Looks Like: Scientists Predict the Next Great Discoveries—and Reveal How Today’s Breakthroughs Are Already Shaping Our World (Paperback)
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Science fact, not science fiction, on the cutting–edge developments that are already changing the course of our future
Every day, scientists conduct pioneering experiments with the potential to transform how we live. Yet it isn’t every day you hear from the scientists themselves! Now, award–winning author Jim Al–Khalili and his team of top-notch experts explain how today’s earthshaking discoveries will shape our world tomorrow—and beyond.
Pull back the curtain on:
- the “Internet of Things”
- synthetic biology
- interstellar travel
- colonization of the solar system
- and much more
And find insight into big–picture questions such as:
Will we find a cure to all diseases? The answer to climate change? And will bionics one day turn us into superheroes?
The scientists in these pages are interested only in the truth—reality–based and speculation–free. The future they conjure is by turns tantalizing and sobering: There’s plenty to look forward to, but also plenty to dread. And undoubtedly the best way to for us to face tomorrow’s greatest challenges is to learn what the future looks like—today.
About the Author
Theoretical physicist, author, and broadcaster Jim Al–Khalili’s numerous other books include Quantum and Paradox. In 2016 he received the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication.
“In this collection, eminent writers flesh out the future of science and technology, from genomics to robotics to synthetic biology.” —The New York Times Book Review
“The predictions and impacts are global. . . [and] the book contains far more fascinating information than can be covered in this review.”—Choice
“This book is filled with essays from experts offering their informed opinions on what the science and technology of today will look like in the future, from smart materials to artificial intelligence to genetic editing.”—Popular Science
“Fun is an understatement. This is a great collection to get the summer book season started.”—Forbes.com
“The focus on sincere, factual presentation of current and future possibilities by leading experts is particularly welcome in this era of fake news and anti-science rhetoric.” —Library Journal
“Covers an array of cutting-edge scientific developments and attempts to solve intractable problems. Al-Khalili's team of experts discusses genomics, robotics, interstellar travel, and more.”—Publishers Weekly
“A collection of mind-boggling essays that are just the thing for firing up your brain cells.”—Saga Magazine