101 Things You Don't Know About Science and No One Else Does by James Trefil Physics Professor

By James Trefil Physics Professor

James Trefil takes the reader on an exhilarating journey around the borders of present clinical knowledge-from astronomy to genetics, from details know-how to cosmology, the nice contested questions that preoccupy researchers at the present time and may turn into headlines the following day. In based, witty three-page summations, Dr. Trefil "makes experience of technological know-how for the remainder of us" (Washington Post).

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Aging (and eventual death) are the results. At the moment, evidence seems to be accumulating in favor of this view. Research on aging in humans is presently focused on understanding the chemical reactions that contribute to the aging process and the kinds of genetic defenses we have against them. The most likely villains now appear to be a group of < previous page page_19 next page > < previous page page_20 next page > Page 20 chemicals known as free radicals, which are a normal byproduct of basic metabolism (as well as of other processes).

In the case of alcoholism, < previous page page_22 next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 the complexity may arise because different forms of the disease have different genetic bases. New techniques developed in studies of inbred rats give us hope that before too long we will be able to sort out genetic and environmental influences in these more complex situations. This area has been and will continue to be enormously influenced by the rapid advances in molecular biology. With the human genome being mapped with greater and greater precision, it has become possible for researchers to scan all twenty-three chromosomes in every subject.

What's on one side, what's on the other? First, let's talk a bit about what a chaotic system is and in what sense it is unpredictable. Think of an experiment in which you drop little chips of wood close together into a river. If the river is deep and smoothly flowing, then chips dropped near each other will stay together as they are swept downstream. And if you double the distance between the chips at the point where they're dropped in, they'll be twice as far apart downstream as they would have been had you not increased the distance.

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