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The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century

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Scientists love to speculate about the direction research and technology will take us, and editor John Brockman has given a stellar panel free rein to imagine the future in The Next Fifty Years. From brain-swapping and the hunt for extraterrestrials to the genetic elimination of unhappiness and a new scientific morality, the ideas in this book are wild and thought-provokin ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 6th 2003 by Phoenix Press (first published 2002)
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R.f.k
Sep 27, 2015 R.f.k rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, 2015

عندما تذهب الى طبيب بهذا العصر وتعمل أشعة على الصدر وظهرت فجاة انك مصاب بسرطان الرئة او الدرن, ومن ثم تبدأ بالعلاج كما هو متعارف, لكن في سنة 2050 فمن أشعة الصدر ستتمكن من معرفة النص الكامل لكن جين من جيناتك ولن يناولك الطبيب الوصفة العلاجية المناسبة لشخص مثل حالتك بل الوصفة التي تتناسب مع جينومك بكل دقة !! وهذا شي راائع ,لكن هناك جانب اخر مخيف بيانات جينومك الشخصي ستتنبأ بنهايتك بدقة مخيفة !!

هذا الكتاب يتحدث عن أهم الاسئلة العلمية المطروحة والتي ممكن أن يتمكن الاجابة عليها خلال خمسين سنة المقبلة
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مثقف
Mar 22, 2011 مثقف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع ممتع شيق غريب ...
ينقلك إلى عالم تعجز حتى على تخيلة يكشف عن عقول لا تتصور انها تشاركك نفس الجينات البشرية ..! أنهم علماء يصنعون المستقبل الذي نعيشة بخيال خصب وأفكار مجنونة لكنها قابلة للتطبيق مع الوقت

فكرة الكتاب عبارة عن مجموعة مقالات لـ 25 عالم في مجالات مختلفة كل عالم يضع تصوره لمستقبل العلم في مجالة خلال الخمسين سنة القادمة

وينقسم الكتاب إلى فصلين الأول يتحدث عن المستقبل نظريا ً و الثاني يتحدث عن المستقبل عمليا ً
ويتناول الكتاب في القصل الأول عدة مواضيع منها مستقبل طبيعة الكون والرياضي
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Sarah ~
Nov 02, 2014 Sarah ~ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2014, science
نشر هذا الكتاب في بداية هذا القرن في عام 2002 ..
وهو كتاب استشرافي للمستقبل وعن تطور العلوم عملياً ونظرياً وإلى أين ستصل بعد خمسين عاماً .. عبارة عن مجموعة مقالات كتبها نخبة النخبة من العلماء كلٌ في مجاله ..
بقدر جمال الكتاب واستمتاعي به بقدر سعادتي لأين يمكن أن تصل البشرية خلال خمسين ، بذات القدر "وأكثر " أشعر بالإحباط لأن العلوم -كل العلوم وهذا التفكير بالمستقبل بعيدكل البعد عن العالم العربي ..

المقالات المفضلة لدي من الكتاب :
القسم الأول : المستقبل نظرياً :
- مستقبل طبيعة الكون .
- رياضيات 2050 .
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Dreami
May 23, 2015 Dreami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عشرون كاتب من جميع فروع العلم والمعرفة، يطرحون تصور ممتاز لما سيكون عليه العلم والعالم حتي عام 2050. ستري علوم تختفي أو قل تتغير جذريا وعلوم تندمج مع آخري وهكذا.

من العلوم التي ستغير الواقع كليا كما يتوقع روادها هي: هندسة الوراثة متمثلا في هندسة الوراثة الجزيئية، وسيكون هذا الفرع من العلوم الأكثر خطورة وتأثيرا في حياة الإنسان، وكذلك في تغيير كثير من المفاهيم حول كثيرا من الأشياء. فمثلا سيأثر علم الوراثة الجزيئية علي قناعتنا في جدوي علم االنفس التي إعتدنا عليه، وسنجد أن كثير من هذه القناعات ستصبح
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منى سلامة
كتاب شائق نافع ماتع .. استمتعت جدا بقرائته
يتناول عدة مقالات علمية مختلفة عما سيصل إليه التقدم العلمي خلال الخمسون سنة المقبلة
مما  قرأت
لتحميل الكتاب من هذا الرابط :
http://goo.gl/j0EiWR
Bjorn
Jun 13, 2015 Bjorn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
I picked this up with the express purpose of waving it about 35 years from now and yelling in my old man's voice "Where's my [this book's equivalent of a] jetpack?" While it's interesting, I don't think I'll bother.

That the book is over 10 years old and obviously a bit dated (yes, e-books did become a thing; no, AFAIK we still haven't proven that breast cancer is caused by infection) isn't its major problem. Rather, it is that the editor seems to have first decided which authors he wanted to inc
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Mohamed Abdelsttar
كتاب ممتع جدا ومفيد
مقالات ل 25 عالم عن توقعهم لحال العلم والعالم بعد 50 عام من الآن
الجزء التاني من الكتاب "التطبيقي" كان اكثر امتاعا من الجزء الأول "النظري"

اعجبني مقالات:

- عقول يمكن استبدالها
- ما سيتعلمه العلماء من الأطفال
- مستقبل السعادة
- العقل والمخ والنفس
- السيطرة علي المرض
- في ظل الثقافة
Ramy
== ريفيو اثناء القراءة==

الكتاب مجموعة من 25 مقال علمى لعلماء فى مختلف المجالات كل واحد منهم طلب منه ببساطة كتابة مقال عن تصور شكل مجاله خلال خمسين سنة

لى سمولين عالم فيزياء نظرية- مستقبل طبيعة الكون
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يقول للتنبؤ بحالة العلم او الفيزياء ع الاقل بعد خمسين عام من الان...يجب ان نرى ما كان يفكر فيه الفيزيائيون من 50 عام و هل حققوه ام لا....و عدد 7 نقاط حل منها العلماء 3و لاا يزال الباقى قيد البحث....و قال انه ما قبل 50 عام كانت احيانا المسائل الفيزيائى تنحل ما بعد 50 عام...
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Fahad Alqurain
اعجبتني بعض المقالات وكانت تقدم رؤية علمية للعالم بعد خمسين سنة.
Bookish Dervish
Jan 11, 2014 Bookish Dervish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع غير أنه محزن في آن.
تدفق هائل للمستجدات العلمية و المشاريع المزمع إنهائها في غضون الخمسين سنة المقبلة. هذا ما يجعل الكتاب رائعا لكنه محزن لأنه يعطينا فكرة جلية عن مدى التخلف الذي نعيش فيه كعالم عربي. يخطط الناس لزراعة -ليس شجرة ينبغي معالجتها لتصلح كأثاث- طاولة جاهزة فقط إنطلاقا من التعديل الجيني. بالمناسبة، من كان يضن أن جينات البطاطس أكثر عددا و تعقيدا من جينات الإنسان؟!!!!!!!
مقالتي المفضلة ضمن الكتاب: اندماج الجنس البشري و الآلات
Abner Rosenweig
Nov 12, 2015 Abner Rosenweig rated it it was ok
Another underwhelming entry from Edge and John Brockman (editor). These books are much less stimulating than they should be, and the included thinkers' perspective of reality shows science at its worst: narrow and arrogant, with a mechanistic disregard for life. Nearly everyone in the book has blind faith in science as a panacea to the world's ills. Frequently I felt as if I were reading a middle ages book praising the glory of God; here, the word "God" has been replaced with "Science," but the ...more
Xavier Guillaume
Feb 10, 2012 Xavier Guillaume rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one unless they're heavily interested in science
Shelves: non-fiction
This book has a lot of interesting foresight of the next fifty years of our future, although this book was written roughly ten years ago, so foresight of the next forty years of our future. I especially like the idea that all people can easily afford to have their genome charted so that we will all know our proclivity towards certain diseases. What else was interesting was one essayist imagined we would have the Internet implanted into our brains.

There are a few downsides I found in this book. 1
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Ilya
Nov 26, 2011 Ilya rated it it was ok
Several science popularizers, some but not all of them scientists, speculate on the state of science circa 2050. Commerce and education will largely move into cyberspace, as will much white-collar work. There will be synthetic life, possibly incorporating silicon and germanium in place of carbon. Depression will be understood and conquered like smallpox. Genome sequencing will be cheap, and connections between genes and susceptibility to disease will be understood, so the first thing a doctor wi ...more
Noktelfa
Jul 12, 2015 Noktelfa rated it it was amazing
I like to read this book every 5 or 10 years to see how much closer we are to the predictions. It's starting to get spooky in its predictions. And in one or two cases, I suspect the predictions weren't ambitious enough.
Jonathan
Jul 04, 2009 Jonathan rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science
An excellent series of essays from some of the brightest minds in psychology, biology and other fields of science. While most of the writers are dedicated to scientific studies of the mind and brain, the implications and insights reach far beyond neuroscience and psychology into genetics, evolution, technology and other things. Some of the writers do seem to want to establish a profound prediction in hopes that sometime in the future someone will point out that they were right, but most of the w ...more
Kovan ali
كتاب يحوي على مقالات علمية في شتى المجالات ينبغي للمطلع عليها ان يكون ملم بمختلف العلوم وخاصة العلمية للأسف ما قدرت اكمل الكتاب بسبب بعض النظريات الفيزيائية المعقدة
Ariadna73
Feb 27, 2013 Ariadna73 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economy
Check out the post in my blog: http://lunairereadings.blogspot.com/2...



The Next Fifty Years is a bet for how the world will look like not to far away in the future. There are a lot of disturbing data that can make the reader feel a little stressed about their children's future; but there are also a lot of good news such as the claim that unemployment will be almost unexistent because there are so many new organizations that need talent ... good news for skilled workers; though bad news for unski
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Weyl
Mar 24, 2008 Weyl rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in future technology
Shelves: popular-science
A surprisingly good set of essays on science and technology in the next 50 years. Contains some massive heavyweights such as Lee Smolin, Ian Stewart, Richard Dawkins, Steven Strogatz, Paul Davies and Stuart Kauffman all of whom are great popular science authors. A great mix of cosmology, physics, biology and psychology. In the second half of the book there are some highly enjoyable futurist ones in the computer science and psychology direction. Pretty much every essay in there is of a high stand ...more
Abumalek
Jun 28, 2015 Abumalek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب جميل جدا وهو عباره عن مجموعة مقالات تعطيك تصور للعالم خلال الخمسين سنه القادمه
Andrew William
There are good insights but some places get too carried away into a different zone of thoughts
Al-zahraa'_ahmad
Aug 10, 2014 Al-zahraa'_ahmad rated it liked it
هيكون حلو لو اتعمل فيلم وثائقي
Ryan
Jan 20, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering the considerations with limited time and scope I think the authors did the best they could in their respective fields.

My only complaint is with the guy who thinks schools will die out because they just teach kids to memorize facts. This guy must be confusing his own education with what he thinks will happen. To think all schools will not adapt to educational policy and technology changes is short-sighted.

All in all a great series of essays based on the best of what they[the authors]
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Reem Sleem
Aug 10, 2014 Reem Sleem rated it liked it
الترجمة من أسوأ ما يكون ,,, ده غير بعض المقالات محزنة جدا بالنسبة لى من الناحية الفكرية و الفلسفية !
لكن بالتأكيد معظمها مجالات غاية فى الاهمية و الروعة للبحث فيما ورائها بس مش بنمطية الصور ذاتها التى يتخذونها , و فتحت علي العديد من الأفكار و تحليل بعض المشكلات الفكرية و العلمية و الانسانية و الكونية ...
Kate
Dec 10, 2007 Kate rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of science
Is there a shelf for "couldn't finish reading b/c it felt a little too much like homework"? i got halfway through and really enjoyed some of the softer essays...especially the one on the science of happiness. but then whatever science kick i was on when i bought it faded and i gave it to my mom.
Jonathan El-Bizri
A bit dated, and short-sighted. I didn't pick up that much from this book that wasn't covered better elsewhere, or was no longer relevant. There are a couple of chapters that were worth the read, however.
Alexi Parizeau
Feb 01, 2016 Alexi Parizeau rated it it was amazing
Still relevant after its first decade (though the predictions were perhaps not as accurate as the authors hoped). Overall I felt the essays were quite stimulating, providing good food for thought.
Jonathan
Nov 20, 2010 Jonathan rated it liked it
It was very interesting. Some of the articles were too technical for easy enjoyment, but the broad variety of thought on the current state and future changes in science was very enlightening.
Harim Park
May 14, 2013 Harim Park rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
다양한 주제를 다루고 있는데, 정보기술의 한 면에서만 이야기 해보자면, 10년 전에 이 책을 읽은 이는 트위터의 잠재적 개발자였다. 미래학자나 이를 그리는 이들은 현실 보다 너무 일찍 미래를 그리는 경향이 있지만, 정보기술만은 그렇지 않다. 정보기술을 다룬다면 언제나 이 에디터를 따라 다녀라.
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With a broad career spanning the fields of art, science, books, software and the Internet. In 1960 he established the bases for "intermedia kinetic environments" in art, theatre and commerce, while consulting for clients such as General Electric, Columbia Pictures, The Pentagon, The White House... In 1973 he formed his own literary and software agency. He is founder of the Edge Foundation and edit ...more
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