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978-1-63388-639-1 • Hardback • July 2020 • $26.95 • (£20.99)
978-1-63388-640-7 • eBook • July 2020 • $25.50 • (£19.99)
Marc Zimmer is the Jean C. Tempel ’65 Professor of Chemistry at Connecticut College and the author of Glowing Genes, the first popular science book on jellyfish and firefly proteins; IlluminatingDiseases (Oxford University Press 2015); and three books for young adults. His writing has appeared in USA Today and the Los AngelesTimes, and he has been interviewed and quoted in the Economist,Science and Nature.
"It is powerfully useful to see scientists beginning to engage crucial questions, such as how to regulate or even steer away from research in areas that are simply too powerful to easily coexist with humanity. The author starts a provocative conversation we should all engage in!"
–Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?—
“With the increasing assaults on the practice of science, the value of basic research and evidence-based medicine, Marc Zimmer's book could not be more timely. In The State of Science, Zimmer masterfully explains how and why science is done and shows us where it is going. Written with effortless authority and great clarity, Zimmer's book is highly recommended.”
—Kevin Davies, executive editor of The CRISPR Journal and founding editor of Nature Genetics. —
“Marc Zimmer provides a timely and broad discussion of science — its practice, its products, and its practitioners — that clearly presents the complexity of scientific enterprise for a general audience. I recommend The State of Science not just for students, but for all citizens looking to be informed on critical issues of the day.”
—Sean M. Decatur, chemist and president of Kenyon College—
"Zimmer has succeeded in writing a book that is engaging, scholarly, and exceptionally timely. The State of Science makes a compelling case for the importance of science, especially in times when politically undesirable observations can quickly be labeled ‘fake news’. It then maps the trajectory of science as a whole, including how emerging areas such as do-it-yourself science are poised to shape the landscape of the scientific endeavor. Zimmer deftly covers increasingly important technologies including artificial intelligence, gene editing, and optogenetics, leaving readers with a clear sense of how these tools will impact biology and medicine. This book will captivate readers across the scientific spectrum, and I strongly recommend it."
–Rita Strack, Ph.D., Senior editor, Nature Methods
The book succeeds in being an informative and provocative view of one scientist’s view of the almost current state of much of science.— The Quarterly Review Of Biology