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The Brain That Changes Itself:

Stories of Personal Triumph

from the Frontiers of Brain


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


Grand Theft Childhood: The

Surprising Truth About

Violent Video Games and

What Parents Can Do

The Internet and American


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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