Bold Science: Seven Scientists Who Are Changing Our World by Ted Anton

By Ted Anton

Technology is at a crossroads. chilly War-era effortless cash for grand-scale tasks has turn into a specific thing of the prior. And but, during this new setting, technology appears to be like reinvigorating itself, relocating clear of an excessively really good, bureaucratic mind-set to a extra streamlined, multidisciplinary process. In a couple of fields, cutting edge groups led via proficient researchers are combining inventive tools with low-cost instruments to chip away on the formerly impenetrable secrets and techniques of the physique, the brain, the planet, and the universe. within the strategy, they're demonstrating an analogous type of encouraged force towards discovery that led Galileo to invent the telescope. daring technology examines this "scientific new wave" by way of profiling the paintings of a few notable researchers: gene hunter Craig Venter, neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, astronomer Geoffrey Marcy, immunologist Polly Matzinger, cosmologist Saul Perlmutter, ecologist Gretchen day-by-day, and evolutionist Carl Woese. Headstrong, iconoclastic, visionary, those scientists have risen to the pinnacles in their fields at a pivotal moment-and are generating extraordinary breakthroughs with daring, occasionally debatable tools. In exploring their clinical lives and instances, daring technological know-how exhibits readers why we're on the dawning of a brand new period of realizing ourselves and our universe.

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She made connections no one else saw," Atkins said. "Albert Szent Györgyi, a Hungarian biochemist, once said science consists of seeing what everyone has seen, but thinking what no one else has thought. That was her ability," In 1987, in exchange for intellectual property rights to the work of its neuroscientists, Squibb gave the Oxford University Pharmacology Department twenty million pounds, the single largest university grant ever offered in England. Critics leapt on the grant, claiming it was a Faustian pact that traded off a scientist's objectivity for a sleek office.

It was too big, too slippery, too . . dangerous. Taking it on would require a new kind of research involving many disciplines linking complex electrophysiological and biochemical systems with the abyss of the emotions and even individuality, trying to chart the chaos of whim and logic. By the middle of the 1990s, however, the time was right. Science exploded with big theories and bigger egos, attempting to do just that. < previous page page_33 next page > < previous page page_34 next page > Page 34 2 At first glance Susan Greenfield might seem an unlikely candidate for a leader of the first wave of a new complexsystems science.

By October, Celera announced yet another link, this with Compaq computers, which would provide the hardware for the human genome search. The burden of Celera's speed fell once again on his group. Tony Kerlavage helped coordinate the efforts of three hundred ABI 3700 machines. He gave a talk at a chaos-inspired session at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in January 1999, in Anaheim. " When I saw Kerlavage there, he spoke of the frantic pace. "It's . . been interesting," he said of his past few months, We chatted in the bookstore, where I bought gifts for my nine-and eleven-year-old children.

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