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  • At the Edge of Uncertainty

  • 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise
  • By: Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Summary

The atom. The big bang. DNA. Natural selection. All ideas that have revolutionised science - and that were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped: here, Michael Brooks, best-selling author of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, investigates the new wave of unexpected insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.

Through 11 radical new insights, Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our history of the universe through the novel biology behind our will to live and on to the physiological root of consciousness.

Along the way he examines how the underrepresentation of women in clinical trials means that many of the drugs we use are less effective on women than men and more likely to have adverse effects, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors and finds out if there is such a thing as the will to live.

When we think about science, we often think of ironclad facts. But today more than ever, our unshakeable truths have been shaken apart. As Michael Brooks reveals, the best science is about open-mindedness, imagination and a love of mind-boggling adventures at the edge of uncertainty.

©2015 Michael Brooks (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Science for pedants

I shouldnt be so scathing but It is my perception that this display of wrapping disparate interesting factual matter in whimsy and rhetorical devices does not serve a quest for knowledge or entertainment. I regret the purchase, the narrators “go to sleep voice ” also failed in that aim

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very tough read, but enjoyable

Interesting, mind boggling and boundary pushing. Eye opening and exciting . a lot of history too.