At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise

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  • Title: At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise
  • Author: Michael Brooks
  • ISBN: 9781468310597
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover
At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise

At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise Best Read || [Michael Brooks], At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise, Michael Brooks, At the Edge of Uncertainty Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise The bestselling author of Free Radicals takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the most controversial areas of modern science 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 A At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise Best Read || [Michael Brooks] - At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise, At the Edge of Uncertainty Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise The bestselling author of Free Radicals takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the most controversial areas of modern science The atom The Big Bang DNA Natural selection All are ideas that have revoluti

  • At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise Best Read || [Michael Brooks]
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At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise

About “Michael Brooks

  • Michael Brooks

    Michael Brooks holds a PhD in quantum physics He writes a weekly science column for the New Statesman His first novel, Entanglement, was published in 2007 His first non fiction book, an exploration of scientific anomalies entitled 13 Things That Don t Make Sense, was published in 2009 Brooks next book, The Big Questions Physics, was released in February 2010 It contains twenty 3,000 word essays addressing the most fundamental and frequently asked questions about science.



412 thoughts on “At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise

  • I picked this up after attending the New Scientist instant expert workshop on consciousness Michael Brooks introduced the lecturers and such, and chaired the QA session, and it was mentioned one of his books mentions epigenetics Well, that s possibly even my thing than a workshop on consciousness, so of course I picked it up.It s an overview of the parts of science where we don t quite know what s happening Where the story becomes blurred and you definitely don t teach it in GCSE Physics, becau [...]


  • At The Edge Of Uncertainty describes eleven discoveries or possibilities within eleven chapters that the scientific world knows about but does not clearly understand how or why exactly do they happen to be They are at this point at the edge of uncertainty Personally, I felt wonderful as long as it remains magic and the answers are unclear to mankind.The chapters are themselves very well structured they start off with a preface to the topic in which the writer pulls you towards its introduction f [...]


  • 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 w [...]


  • Don t pick up this book until you have had your morning cup of Joe Physicist Michael Brooks talks about cutting edge science like consciousness, anomalies in the universe, quantum phenomena in biological kingdoms, the illusion of time and even will power My favorite section was the area on information theory where he talks to quirky characters like the cigar smokin Vlatko Vedral who sees the universe as pure quantum information Then you have Rolf Landauer with his view that all information is ph [...]


  • Like his previous two books, this new book focuses on the latest and most exciting discoveries in science And, just as with his previous book, I personally enjoy his discussions of physics than I do his discussions of the biological sciences In particular, he did a great job summarizing information theory His wonderful journalistic style never fails to excite the science lover inside me.


  • Well, this was wonderful I finished it in one gulp after a bad day at work, and it was a delightful way to gain a sense of perspective the universe is very, very big, and there s a lot of it we don t understand Most of what we think we know is probably wrong More specifically, the Big Bang Theory appears to be on its last legs dark matter and dark energy are problems There s not nearly enough lithium in the universe for the Big Bang Theory to be correct, and the Higgs vibrates at a frequency tha [...]


  • This was a selection for my non fiction book club Given the subject matter, I really should have liked this at least four stars, but there were a number of things that irritated me But first, the good bits The scope of the book was impressive, touching on a lot of fascinating and difficult subjects including consciousness, genetic modification, epigenetics, cosmic inflation, and hypercomputing It generated a tremendously lively discussion for our book club The author does a pretty good job of na [...]


  • I am enjoying this It reminds me of the NPR show Radiolab where the hosts jump around a science topic This is the ultimate overdrive audio book since it consists of 11 independent chapters that can be picked up or put down whenever Listening to it on the treadmill.


  • There are now so many books available on the topic of modern science and epistemic humility that I think we can basically call it a distinct sub genre Not all of the books in this category are exclusively about that topic Three that I ve really read and enjoyed recently include Jonathan Haidt s The Righteous Mind Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Frans de Waal s The Bonobo and the Atheist In Search of Humanism Among the Primatesand Thomas Nagel s Mind and Cosmos Why the Mater [...]


  • Fascinating, intriguing Deals with a lot of subject matter I never even stopped to consider before I ll post a complete review at a later date.


  • The beauty of human beings, though, is that we are fierce and indefatigable We have shown ourselves determined to grapple with the universe around us until it surrenders its secrets to our inquiries That is why we go to the edge of uncertainty to quest, and question, and fight with ourselves and others until we have an answer Then, aware that we have brushed against other questions and surprises, we stow our new discoveries safely, and dive back into the dark waters to wrestle things into the l [...]


  • Fun, engaging up to Ch 8 After that it got a bit challenging to read I ve already read quite a bit about history of science Bill Bryson et el so this style of narrative is immediately enjoyable to me I m also a behavioral economics fan Thaler et el so the irrational hangups and glorification of mathiness and hard certainty to the exclusion of human bias are not new to me At first I felt like I m rereading the same substance over and over in different books across many disciplines and I felt sur [...]


  • Very enjoyable and compelling exploration of the ragged edge of theoretical science and the borders where our knowledge and neat tidy pictures break down Topics include mysteries of smell and how we distinguish odors that might have weird ties to Quantum mechanics, Dark Flow and the axis of evil and the axis of evil which throw some doubts in the standard big bang model, Differences between the sexes, mind over body in certain survival scenarios, questions about going beyond Turing s universal c [...]


  • Unsurprisingly I enjoyed this book a lot The highlights for me were the examples and summaries of studies into the use of quantum effects in biological processes For example, the book includes a fascinating examples of how robins use entanglement to navigate during their migration The biology sections were generally great I found the description of the hypercomputer difficult to follow but that s most likely my limitations rather than the book s.


  • The author is an excellent writer and the book is highly readable However, it does not live up to the title Many of the so called discoveries are really hypotheses publicized by scientists and others that have little support in the scientific community The term taking implies these discoveries are all new Many are decades old.


  • A neat survey of the edges of science I did find it a little uneven Some of the stories felt less complete in their telling Still, I enjoyed this and from what I can tell, this really is the cutting edge.


  • This is an amazing book Not only eye opening but written in a way that s easy to understand except for the physics, or maybe that s just me, ha The new frontiers of science Brooks discusses are just further proof of what an amazing and awesome place our universe is.




  • Notes taken while reading the book The changing nature of science Uncomfortable results Boltzmann and the atom Mach annoying Hanged himself in 1906 Probably suffered from bipolar disorder.The frontiers of science.Starts with the human brain.Calls Deppak Chopra a mystic and his woo about quantum healing a Mirage in the desert.Consciousness and the different hypotheses to explain it Daniel Dannet, consciousness is an illusion The many things we don t see and don t know we don t see them The scient [...]


  • We don t know what is impossible But if we can imagine it, perhaps nature has a way to realise it WAY behind on book reviews, but don t worry, I read still Fascinating book exploring the rough new edges of science today, from transgenics to hypercomputing, the irrelevance of time to the nature of consciousness Brooks has an accessible style, weaving personal histories, peer reviewed non alternative facts, and a low key sense of humor all together Some chapters were exciting for me the epigeneti [...]


  • After starting this I realised that I have read lots of columns by Michael Brooks in the New Statesman It was a fascinating review of some areas of science where there are healthy doubts about the scientific concensus Each chapter covers a different topic I got on best with chapters where I already have enough understanding to run with the author and learn The only chapter he completely lost me was Hypercomputers Worth skimming through the book again before I take it back to the library.


  • Some chapters are interesting than others, but it s well organized so if you find one chapter uninteresting because you ve already read something about the topic elsewhere, you can just skip it and go to the next chapter Epigenetics was the most interesting chapter to me, while hypercomputing sounded interesting but was very poorly explained Overall a fun popular science kind of read.


  • Scientific storytellers are hard to find Brooks makes topics interesting and keeps readers engaged.Even though he has a PhD, he is storyteller than scientist Lack of expertise doesn t slow Brooks s confidence Brooks can dramatize triviality Like Talib, Brooks is an annoying contrarian But unlike Talib, Brooks doesn t bring any new insights to the table.


  • Just like 13 Things That Don t Make Sense, this book is what I categorize as Physics for everyone Brooks wets your appetite for learning about current physics by showing what a fascinating and puzzling place is the world in which we live.


  • Engaging and accessible, a fun look at some of the cutting edge scientific ideas of the moment I particularly enjoyed the discussions of quantum mechanics I have never quite grasped the concept but I found it expressed clearly here than I have elsewhere.




  • One of my favourite popular science books is Marcus Chown s The Universe Next Door, where he explores scientific theories just the other side of the dividing line between sanity and madness Here Michael Brooks, who started his amazing things in science run with the excellent 13 Things That Don t Make Sense, now gives us 11 discoveries taking science by surprise science that can still shock us, but is just on the sane side of the dividing line.The topics range from consciousness and chimeras to h [...]



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