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1: Science for good and science for bad 2: Our planet and its biosphere 3: Engineering better humans? 4: Computer revolution 5: Going nano 6: What is science? 7: The fallacious Doomsday Argument 8: Doomsday nevertheless? 9: Space colonization and the Fermi Paradox 10: What do we want and what should we do?

About the Author

Olle Haggstroem is a professor of mathematical statistics at Chalmers University of Technology and a member of the Nobel Prize awarding Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His most noted research achievements are in probability theory, but his cross-disciplinary research interests are wide-ranging and include climate science, artificial intelligence, and philosophy. He has more than 80 publications in scientific journals, and is a prolific science blogger.


Here Be Dragons deserves to be read by all scientists and engineers, and especially by ambitious postdocs considering cutting-edge research. His sense of caution is profound, heartfelt and free of Luddite polemic: its a stimulating attempt to balance the pursuit of breakthroughs with old-fashioned humility.... [this book] is an essential provocation. * New Scientist *
a thoughtful and lucid overview. * Stephen Cave, Financial Times *
This is an engaging tour through the hinterlands of techno-possibility. Highly recommended. * A. C. Love, CHOICE *

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