Science at the Frontier takes you on a journey through the minds of some of the nation's leading young scientists as they explore the most exciting areas of discovery today.
Based on the second Frontiers of Science symposium sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, this book describes recent accomplishments and new directions in ten basic fields, represented by outstanding scientists convening to discuss their research. It captures the excitement and personal quality of these exchanges, sometimes pointing to surprising connections spanning the boundaries of traditional disciplines, while providing a context for the reader that explains the basic scientific framework for the fields under discussion.
The volume explores:
Throughout this work the reader is witness to scientific discovery and debate centered on such common concerns as the dramatic and transforming effect of computers on scientists' thinking and research; the development of more cross-disciplinary perspectives; and the very nature of the scientific enterprise itself—what it is to be part of it, and its significance for society.
Science at the Frontier is must reading for informed lay readers, scientists interested in fields other than their own, and science students considering a future specialization.
Table of Contents
|1 Geology: The Great Heat Engine: Modeling Earth's Dynamics||1-24|
|2 Photosynthesis: Artificial Photosynthesis: Chemical and Biological Systems for Converting Light to Electricity and Fuels||25-44|
|3 Dynamical Systems: When the Simple Is Complex: New Mathematical Approaches to Learning About the Universe||45-65|
|4 Astrophysics: Looking Farther in Space and Time||66-93|
|5 Gene Regulation: Gene Control: Transcription Factors and Mechanisms||94-118|
|6 Magnetic Resonance Imaging: New Breakthroughs in Medical Diagnosis||119-148|
|7 Computation: Beyond Theory and Experiment: Seeing the World Through Scientific Computation||149-177|
|8 Atmospheric Science: Research and Regulation: Science's Contribution to the Public Debate||178-198|
|9 Neural Networks: Computational Neuroscience: A Window to Understanding How the Brain Works||199-232|
|10 Physics: Quasicrystals and Superconductors: Advances in Condensed Matter Physics||233-254|
|Appendix Second Annual Frontiers of Science Symposium Program||255-258|
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