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By James Trefil Physics Professor

ISBN-10: 0395877407

ISBN-13: 9780395877401

James Trefil takes the reader on an exhilarating journey around the borders of present clinical knowledge-from astronomy to genetics, from info expertise to cosmology, the nice contested questions that preoccupy researchers this present day and should develop into headlines the next day to come. In dependent, witty three-page summations, Dr. Trefil "makes experience of technology for the remainder of us" (Washington Post).

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With today's transportation system, however, a new virus can spread to every continent on the earth before we even know it exists. Furthermore, as humans push back the last boundaries of the wilderness, we encounter more and more viruses with which we have had no previous contact, giving them a chance to acquire a new host. Against such viruses, humans have no immediate defenses. It is believed that the original AIDS virus, for example, was a mutated form of a virus that had previously affected only monkeys.

Mass remains one of the most mysterious properties in the universe. We know, for example that the electron has mass, and we can even measure it to several decimal places. What we can't do is tell you why it has mass, and why its mass is different from that of a proton. The theories that would have been tested on the SSC suggest that the answer to this sort of question involves an as yet undiscovered particle called the Higgs boson. Named after the Scottish theoretician Peter Higgs, this < previous page page_48 next page > < previous page page_49 next page > Page 49 particle is thought to permeate the universe, like an exotic magnetic field.

But times have changed. Just as we have come to understand that many diseases have their origins in our DNA, so too have we come to realize that genes play an important (but by no means exclusive) role in determining our behavior. The evidence that changed the view of the behavioral-science community came in many forms. Extensive studies of animals, from fruit flies to rats, showed clear genetic influences on behaviors such as learning and mating. More directly, the large literature of sophisticated studies of twins clearly demonstrate the importance of genetic factors in mental disease and a < previous page page_21 next page > < previous page page_22 next page > Page 22 range of behavioral traits from the vocational interests of adolescents to general cognitive ability.

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