Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Astronomy - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences | Imminent Science - What Remains to be Discovered

Imminent Science

What Remains to be Discovered

Bignami, Giovanni F.

2014, V, 102 p. 2 illus.

Available Formats:
eBook
Information

Springer eBooks may be purchased by end-customers only and are sold without copy protection (DRM free). Instead, all eBooks include personalized watermarks. This means you can read the Springer eBooks across numerous devices such as Laptops, eReaders, and tablets.

You can pay for Springer eBooks with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

After the purchase you can directly download the eBook file or read it online in our Springer eBook Reader. Furthermore your eBook will be stored in your MySpringer account. So you can always re-download your eBooks.

 
$19.99

(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-88-470-5352-6

digitally watermarked, no DRM

Included Format: PDF and EPUB

download immediately after purchase


learn more about Springer eBooks

add to marked items

Softcover
Information

Softcover (also known as softback) version.

You can pay for Springer Books with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

Standard shipping is free of charge for individual customers.

 
$29.99

(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-88-470-5351-9

free shipping for individuals worldwide

usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days


add to marked items

  • Covers a wide variety of scientific topics of great interest to the general public, from astrophysics to genetics to robotics to clean energy
  • Attractive to a vast audience interested in the future of science
  • Important for education from age 15 onwards as well as in the choice of a research career

This is not a piece of science fiction. It’s a voyage along the arrow of time to encounter the discoveries of the coming fifty years. The legendary palindromic character, Mr. Qfwfq, from Italo Calvino’s The Cosmicomics will go with us: he who knows all the answers, but will give out no hints. He goads imagination onwards and corrects customs by laughing. He will help us discover the innovations that will have changed our lives (and those of our descendants) in 2062, when, riding astride Halley’s comet, our omniscient extraterrestrial will be back to visit us.

What is left for us to understand and to explore is 96% of the Universe. There is still a long way to travel, but step by step we shall go deeper and deeper into the study of our Earth in order to exploit, for instance, the immense thermal energy that lies beneath our feet. We shall solve another enigma in today’s science, as big as the Big Bang – the origin of life – also by creating it ex nihilo. We shall learn how to build a direct contact between our brain (which is made like a three-flavored ice-cream cone) and the rest of the world: had Cicero and Mozart lived tomorrow, they would have been happy with the invention of a USB key to be implanted behind their ears, for an immediate transcript of speeches and music.

By means of genetics we shall obtain the talents of lizards, which regenerate their lost tails, or of Methuselah flies, which live four times longer than other flies. And shortly before Halley’s 2062 passage, the baby will be born who will see it three times, by living for over 150 years.

But the future is made mainly by the appropriate tools, beginning with maths. Solving the problem of prime numbers would send all cash machines off their rocker, thus emptying our bank accounts overnight. The solution to the equation of fluids will teach us how to carry an iceberg from Greenland to Sicily, thus supplying fresh water at a low cost. Meatculture – growing steaks ready for the barbecue and produced without killing animals – will supply us with all the proteins we need. By studying complex systems, moreover, we shall influence the climate and stabilize the economy, and in the process we shall save our planet. Perhaps when Mr. Qfwfq is back on Earth, the perfect truth machine will have uprooted lies from the world. By downloading the contents of our brains onto silicon chips we shall also grant ourselves immortality.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Clean Energy - Dark Energy - Extraterrestrial Life - Future Discoveries - Future of Genetic Applications - Future of Mathematical Applications - Origin of Life

Related subjects » Astronomy - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

A few recent Discoveries.- Is someone out there?.- Understanding Matter and Energy in the Universe.- All the Energy You’ve ever dreamt of.- Life: on Earth and elsewhere.- A voice recorder for Cicero and a USB Key for Mozart.- Genetics, Longevity and Methuselah flies.- Tools of the Trade for shaping the Future.

Popular Content within this publication 

 

Articles

Read this Book on Springerlink

Services for this book

New Book Alert

Get alerted on new Springer publications in the subject area of Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences.