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Featured Books

 


The Brain That Changes Itself:

Stories of Personal Triumph

from the Frontiers of Brain

Science

by Norman Doidge. Penguin.

2007. 427 pages. Paperback. $16.

In this New York Times bestseller, Doidge shares compelling success stories from the new science of “neuroplasticity,” which studies ways the brain can rewire itself to recover from traumatic damage. The individual stories—stroke trauma undone, a half-brain that conditioned itself to function as a whole, IQs that raised themselves, learning disorders that their sufferers overcame, and aging brains that rejuvenated to their youthful vitality—offer signs of great impending neuroscience breakthroughs.

Check price/buy book

 

The Future of the Internet—

And How to Stop It

by Jonathan Zittrain. Yale University

Press. 2008. 342 pages. $30.

 

The Internet is undergoing a dangerous pendulum swing from too much freedom to too little, argues Zittrain. The ability of anyone to log on and modify content, which was the

Internet’s initial hallmark, paved the way for proliferations of viruses, spyware, spam, invasions of privacy, and crippling faulty code. Industries responded by creating a “lockdown” by means of “tethered appliances” like iPod and TiVo that they can modify but their users and third parties cannot. Zittrain argues that we should not give up freedom for security. He places hope in cooperative uses like Wikipedia, in which users work in tandem with public monitors to ensure a safer Web. Check price/buy book.

New & Noteworthy

Forecasting for Fame, Fortune and Frustration
 

The Future of Everything: The

Science of Prediction

Futurecast:

Grand Theft Childhood: The

Surprising Truth About

Violent Video Games and

What Parents Can Do
 

The Internet and American

Business
 

Knowing Tomorrow? How

Science Deals with the Future


 

The Living Cosmos: Our

Search for Life in the Universe

 

Making Americans Healthier:

Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy

 

The Making of Second Life

 

The Second Bounce of the Ball: Turning Risk into Opportunity


Tomorrow’s Table: Organic

Farming, Genetics, and the

Future of Food


Twilight War: The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance


Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think

 

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