Little, Brown and Company
May 4, 2000
How did life on Earth begin? Is artificial intelligence possible? How do children learn language? Is reality simply a figment of our imagination? Ten years ago, John Casti’s Paradigms Lost addressed the ‘Big Questions ‘ of modern science, describing and weighing up the competing answers then available. It quickly became a classic of its genre, moving Isaac Asimov to remark ‘it would make anyone want to be a scientist.’
Now, with science at the threshold of a new century discovery, Casti returns to the same eternal questions in the light of the latest research. On issues such as sociobiology and genetics, extraterrestrial life and quantum reality, Paradigms Regained reignites the debate once more, in such a way as to capture the imagination of both the scientist and general reader alike. Carefully crafted and succinctly written, this remarkable book shows just how far science has come, and where it might lead in the future.
With Paradigms Regained, Casti takes the most complex scientific theory, distils it into accessible, engaging language and, with brilliant scrutiny, illuminates the most mind-boggling questions of modern science.
John L. Casti received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Southern California. A professor and researcher at the Santa Fe Institute and the Technical University of Vienna, he divides his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Vienna. His previous works include Paradigms Lost, Searching for Certainty, Complexification, Five Golden Rules, Would-Be Worlds and The Cambridge Quintet.