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- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (May 7, 2019)
- Publication Date: May 7, 2019
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07JQXR6W1
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“A highly readable and deeply informative look over the scientific horizon into a future where biology and engineering converge to offer extraordinary means to improve our world.”
- Drew Gilpin Faust, president emerita and Lincoln Professor of History, Harvard University
“Beautifully captures the science and the stories underpinning the convergence of biology and engineering as a transformative twenty-first century enterprise. One of those stories―biologically organized batteries―addresses the clean-energy revolution needed for mitigating climate change, capturing both of Hockfield’s signature initiatives as MIT President.”
- Ernest J. Moniz, former U.S. secretary of energy
“Timely, provocative insights into ways the genomic and bioengineering revolution is likely to transform our world in the next half century as profoundly as computer chips powering the information revolution transformed the past fifty years.”
- Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School, and author of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?
“Life sciences are at the doorstep of meeting the major challenges of our time: energy, food, water, and disease. Hockfield views this future through the eyes of scientists at the interface of engineering and biology in an exciting and enjoyable book.”
- Phillip A. Sharp, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
“An essential book for our fast-moving times. Hockfield covers an immense range of the emerging technologies that will reshape our lives. At the same time, she offers a crucial synthesis, much needed in an age of fragmentation. The result is a powerful reading experience, combining depth and clarity, and offering a generous supplement of hope.”
- Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York
“Vibrant and accessible....What’s especially exciting about the narrative is that much of the research Hockfield describes occurred as a result of her foresight and tenacity; her vision at MIT was to bridge disciplines in a manner similar to the pioneering work that was conducted at Bell Labs in the mid-20th century....In these uncertain times, Hockfield instills hope for an enriched and peaceful tomorrow. A thrilling, insightful, and highly readable work of popular science.”
- Kirkus (starred review)
“Data-rich yet accessibly written....Hockfield does a superb job of sharing the excitement and challenges associated with scientific investigation, while making the prospect of an impending 'era of unprecedented innovation and prosperity' seem that much more plausible.”
- Publishers Weekly
“Efficiently weaves in previous scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, current research, the mechanics behind each project, and engaging profiles of the individuals―engineers, physicians, botanists, inventors, and entrepreneurs―who are leading the way....A refreshing celebration of exciting things to come.”
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Hockfield introduces readers to virus-based batteries, aquaporin-based water filtration, nano-based cancer detection, brain controlled prosthetic limbs that can feel, and automated phenotyping to accelerate the development of GMO variants.
Touched on too lightly is where the US stands on comparison to others. Is China Catching Up to the United States in Innovation? Additionally, Hockfield largely glosses over what con go wrong. For example, she appears to sing the praises of glyphosate, although admitting concerns around safety continue. I have long been in favor of the age of living machines, but not of releasing chemical poisons.
Once I begun reading, it was impossible to not stop until the end, a whole new tendency that will tackle the daunting problems that we are facing in this 21 century is exposed.
For real thinking on this read Robert Rosen "Life itself", and if you are not ready for that read "Lifelines" by Steven Rose, which is an excellent start. The coming revolution is not organisms becoming machines it is organisms reclaiming life.
I've been teaching the value of collaboration for years, because many minds working in collaboration are necessary to reify innovation. Hockfield presents the scientific rationale for doing so through well-written stories that draw you in.