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Sparks from the Spirit

From Science to Innovation, Development and Sustainability

by Yongyuth Yuthavong

This book has an important message for anyone concerned about the future of mankind and our planet. Elegantly and concisely, Prof. Yuthavong traces our efforts through millennia to understand this world and ourselves and science’s pivotal role therein. He notes science’s evolving nature (we still don’t have a single theory or a theory of everything) but rightly emphasizes that scientific advances and innovations in and of themselves will not be enough for a sustainable future; they must be coupled with a better understanding of human nature and human society (where science could also be of great help) and supported by good policies and good governance. He also warns us against some of the current practices that could have disastrous consequences and highlights the importance of sustainability in all our current and future development endeavors.

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Former Vice President of Egypt, and Director General Emeritus, International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814774574
  • Subject: Popular Science
  • Published: December 2017
  • Pages: 286

The sparks from the spirit of science include not only new knowledge but also innovations, the major ingredients of development and sustainability. This book creates an understanding of science and its role in innovation and sustainable development and points out unfilled gaps in human development. It highlights opportunities for societies to overcome obstacles in development. The book is written in an easy-to-understand manner, avoiding technical jargon, and contains case studies, practical examples, and historical perspectives. It is intended for a general, especially young readership and will appeal to those curious about the nature of science and its benefits, together with its possible pitfalls.

Key Features:

  • Presents simplified picture of science and its benefits, written in non-technical language, and illustrated by a famous cartoonist.
  • Explains how science leads to new knowledge, innovation, and sustainable development.
  • Points out unfilled gaps in human development and potential risks of science.
  • Looks beyond sustainability in the future of humankind.