Life: The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, and Environmental Science

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Life: The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, and Environmental Science

Life The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology Genetics Anthropology and Environmental Science The newest addition to John Brockman s Edge series explores life itself bringing together the world s leading biologists geneticists and evolutionary theorists including Richard Dawkins Edward O W

  • Title: Life: The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, and Environmental Science
  • Author: John Brockman
  • ISBN: 9780062296054
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • The newest addition to John Brockman s Edge series explores life itself, bringing together the world s leading biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary theorists including Richard Dawkins, Edward O Wilson, J Craig Venter, and Freeman Dyson.Scientists understanding of life is progressing rapidly than at any point in human history, from the extraordinary decodiThe newest addition to John Brockman s Edge series explores life itself, bringing together the world s leading biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary theorists including Richard Dawkins, Edward O Wilson, J Craig Venter, and Freeman Dyson.Scientists understanding of life is progressing rapidly than at any point in human history, from the extraordinary decoding of DNA to the controversial emergence of biotechnology Featuring pioneering biologists, geneticists, physicists, and science writers, Life explains just how far we ve come and takes a brilliantly educated guess at where we re heading.Freeman Dyson borrows from science fiction to contemplate real questions about what constitutes the stuff of life Richard Dawkins and J Craig Venter discuss the revelatory similarity of genes to digital information Matt Ridley argues that nature and nurture are intricately intertwined.Steven Strogatz celebrates the spectacular mathematical synchronicity of fireflies Edward O Wilson reveals what ants can teach us about building a superorganism and, in turn, about how cells build an organism Elsewhere, David Haig reports new findings on how mothers and fathers individually influence the human genome, while Robert Trivers explores the opposing functions of the conscious and unconscious minds And there s much in this fascinating volume.We may never have all the answers But the thinkers collected in Life are asking questions that will keep us dreaming for generations.

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    1. Guillermo Paz-y-Mino-C on said:

      It Takes A Village To Boycott A Pop Science BookIf scientists wish to boycott a book, religious scriptures could be their priority. The holy books are the foundation of the anti-evolution movement worldwide; the anti climate change rhetoric over the belief that a Protector will shield his disciples from human-induced global pollution; the source of pray healing and its conjoined meme that vaccines are heinous; the primeval justification to bigotry, homophobia and misogyny; the validation of both [...]

    2. Eve on said:

      Not only are all 23 writers males, they're all white males. It's hard for me to believe there hasn't been a single person of color or woman who wrote a meaningful article about evolutionary biology. Probably the editor wasn't even aware that he had a bias, but just picked those authors that came most readily to mind as prominent writers in the field. But I think that prominence is probably because these white male authors inadvertently benefited from cultural bias in the first place. A better ed [...]

    3. Marc Faoite on said:

      John Brockmann is a colourful character, known to share photos of himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, or John Cage. That popular culture should include intelligent conversations about science is a given for him.Edge, sometimes dubbed ‘the world's smartest website,’ was born out of an idea from Brockmann’s late friend, performance artist James Lee Byars, who suggested that rather than trying to assimilate the information contained in the six million books hou [...]

    4. Atila Iamarino on said:

      Uma coletânea de textos sobre biologia, evolução e informação, do site Edge. O livro é de 2016, mas muitos dos textos são mais antigos e estão bem datados por isso. Várias discussões ficam ao redor de tecnologias de ponta e descobertas novas, que já mudaram ou estão um pouco ultrapassadas.Gostei de alguns textos com o Craig Venter, dando uma perspectiva de como acontece a pesquisa dentro de um instituto privado. E da discussão da evolução da beleza, do Richard Prum, mas o livro de [...]

    5. Peter Gelfan on said:

      Like many of the books Brockman edits, this one is a collection of interviews, essays, and discussions from Edge, which, in its own words, assembles the thinkers—scientists, artists, philosophers, technologists, and entrepreneurs—at the center of today’s intellectual, scientific, and technological landscape. The ideas discussed in these books are emerging concepts at the forefront of their fields. They may not pan out, and if they do, like anything that evolves, perhaps in not in the same [...]

    6. Ross on said:

      A large collection of thoughts and essays from scientists and engineers on the nature of life, it's origins, evolution and genetic basis. Much of the material is from Richard Dawkins and Craig Venter which is the best of the collection. Some of the other is not very good, however, and I had to skim it.Recommended for those very interested in the science of life and how we got here.

    7. Sushil on said:

      What I most liked about this book is its format. Instead of writing eighteen books on eighteen different facets of the science of life (and requiring the readers to find time to plod through them all), put together one single book with a chapter devoted to each facet written by an expert in that area. But the execution of the format is less than perfect, with too much space given to scientists to talk about their favorite though unproven and undigested theories. In any case, some of the chapters [...]

    8. Erica on said:

      The first few essays helped clarify areas of confusion in the area of evolution, but the latter essays often seemed like an intellectual pissing show rather than actual elucidation of this critical topic.

    9. Mark Fallon on said:

      The Edge series makes me wish that I paid better attention in physics and biology (and that I took at least one chemistry course)

    10. Elentarri on said:

      John Brockman has collected 18 interviews, commissioned essays, and transcribed talks from the online science salon Edge that deal with biology, genetics, anthropology and environmental science. The majority of the articles were well written, self-contained, covered interesting topics and will provide food for thought and extra research. Some of the articles were a bit vague, but the rest were interesting enough to make up for this defect.The book includes articles/interviews/discussions by:01~ [...]

    11. Francesc Mesquita-Joanes on said:

      I enjoyed reading the book, but I found it too heterogeneous, with some chapters too long, others too short. Some chapters with an old flavour (particularly the selfish gene view of Dawkins), others almost futurist. It all comes from the fact that it is an assemblage of different talks, interviews and conversations with leading or famous scientists, from different years and events. It is worth reading, but maybe you better look for the videos, as most of them are online. And most of the texts ar [...]

    12. Zi Ying on said:

      Overall it's a great book that compiles what and how biologists knew about living organisms on this planet, I feel excited thinking that more people could gain pleasure in contemplating life by exploring scientific data and definitive arguments. However, I feel a bit disappointed as most of the chapters are written at least 5 years back. Technology in molecular, genome, synthetic biology field has advanced way too fast that this book may not be that updated in the year of publication. Still, it' [...]

    13. Chris Keeve on said:

      I expected a lot from this and it was mostly vaguely underwhelming, with a few high points scattered throughout. The essays tended to focus on presenting cool ideas without much depth or substance, and heavily and uncritically prioritized the more established "figureheads" of the Biological Sciences

    14. Elizabeth Emanuel on said:

      An interesting book with some interesting ideas. I enjoyed some of the essays (such as Edward O. Wilson's), but others not so much. Might've rated this book a 4 instead, but most of the essays didn't seem as cutting edge as the book might have suggested. I read this a couple months ago, but while some were fairly recent, I think one or two of the essays were originally written back in the '90s.

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