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What's Next?: Dispatches on the Future of Science    edited by Max Brockman order for
What's Next?
by Max Brockman
Order:  USA  Can
Vintage, 2009 (2009)

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* *   Reviewed by Alex Telander

For anyone who wonders what the near future holds and what exactly are all those scientists doing with the grants and tax dollar funding they receive, What's Next? is a book with answers. Featuring eighteen original essays never previously published, from some of today's best scientists, What's Next? will ignite a curiosity in the reader about advances being made in many fields of science.

While a little patience and perhaps some scientific background is recommended - as these scientists tend to get very detailed and complex in their essays - readers will find news and answers in the fields of neurological research, behavior, how humans think, the nature of time, and where our idea of morality possibly arises from. Global warming is addressed in a most interesting essay that analyzes a warming world, where the Northern Rim becomes further habitable, but leaves readers with the question of how many people will want to move into the undeveloped heartland of Russia?

What's Next? is a collection of very interesting and insightful essays that give readers news and information on areas of research and science that may not be readily available to them through magazines or newspapers, or are only available through expensive science journals. It's perhaps a book to truly show your tax dollars at work.

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