Earlier versions of this article, including in the March 1, 2011 print edition of The Post, included an image of a different book by the same name. The correct book cover image has been added.
AAAS lectures online; "Long for This World" by Jonathan Weiner
Videos on space, biosecurity, viruses AAAS Plenary Lectures
Didn't make it to the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science last week? AAAS has posted videos of five plenary lectures at www.aaas.org/meetings/2011/program/plenaries. Washingtonians might particularly be interested in the presentation by John P. Holdren, President Obama's assistant for science and technology. Holdren discussed the White House's priorities in areas such as the environment, space exploration and energy. Other plenary topics include biosecurity, bioengineering, viruses and education.
How long can we live "Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality" (Ecco, $15.99)
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jonathan Weiner takes on the science of aging in his 2010 book "Long for This World," now available in paperback. The primary protagonist is Aubrey de Grey, an eccentric gerontology theorist at the University of Cambridge who has stepped into "the role of the prophet or sage who declares that we do not have to die, that we can be among the saved if we will follow him to safety." According to a review of the book that ran in this newspaper last August, "Weiner surveys the field as if from a mountaintop: He's intrigued, yet detached and skeptical, frequently digressing from science to discuss how religions and cultures have dealt with the problem of mortality and to ponder whether humans' lust for ever-longer lives is a good thing."
- Rachel Saslow