An enlightening and theses-rich book about the power of the new technologies
and the threat of man’s impotence against them
German edition appeared in September 2019
Daring more future – How we all benefit from technical progress is a confrontation with the impending technological upheavals in all sorts of different areas that lead to what the author calls “The Human Crisis”.
This book has an encouraging message: we can positively shape the rapid scientific and technological progress we are witnessing now. We need have no fear of digitisation, nano- and quantum technology or bioengineering. On the contrary, these new technologies do not mean the end of the world, but the future of mankind! However, the world historical upheaval we are facing will not only massively change our self-image our understanding of the meaning of our existence, but also man himself. It is therefore important to know these changes and to shape them. This book tells us how this can be achieved.
A narrative book on new quantum technologies that might change everything –
English version published in January 2019
The Second Quantum Revolution – From Entanglement to Quantum Computing and Other Super-Technologies takes the reader on an exciting journey into our immediate technological future. A book that will make you shake, which enlightens and provides orientation
This book tells the story of the second quantum revolution which will shape the 21st century as much as the first quantum revolution shaped the 20th century. It provides unique orientation in today’s discussion and the latest progress on the interpretation of quantum physics and its further technological potential.
As you read this book the first prototypes of this revolution are being built in laboratories worldwide. Super-technologies such as nanotechnology, quantum computers, quantum information processing, and others will soon shape our daily lives, even if physicists themselves continue to disagree on how to interpret the central theory of modern physics. The book will thus also touch on the profound philosophical questions at the heart of quantum mechanics.
Book on our our technological future which has already begun (in German) – published in
Superpower Science – Our future between heaven and hell takes the reader on an exciting journey into our immediate technological future. A book that will make you shake, which enlightens and provides orientation
Meat out of 3D-printer, robots the size of viruses, genetically designed children, 120 year olds that look like 40, artificial life – all this can become reality already in our life time. The trend is worrying: Up to now man formed nature according to his desires. But modern technologies can turn the rules upside down: Then they form us. Algorithms, that decide on life and death, genetic alterations and artificial intelligence that redefine human life. Our every day life, our very human existence are changing radically. The question is: Do we want that? Only if we understand what is happening, can we make educated choices.
Book on the interplay of science an spirituality (in German) – published in September
“Science and Spirituality” considers scientifc and spiritual thinking and endeavours as two independent, albeit connected and each other enrichening paths towards knowledge, which have influenced each other broadly in their respective develpmental histories.
In his book Lars Jaeger follows an exciting search for traces of connection between two seemingly contrasting world views – and the results are impressive: science and spiritual traditions of thought have far more in common than their contrasting opposites and essential differences suggest. What unites both approaches is the search for the world’s great mysteries and possible explanations thereof. Is there perhaps a common trait in this search? Are the physicists eventually going to explain the origins of the world? Will we learn someday how consciousness emerges from the network of neurons in our brain? Will we know what the ultimately smallest building blocks of matter are? And if so, what does that all mean for us, for our self-perception and our experience of the world? How does it affect our spiritual experience? And finally: What does all this mean for our central question of what the “meaning of this all” is? The way scientific knowledge is obtained and the key questions of spiritual experiences are linked within an exciting interplay. This is great stuff for an interdisciplinary journey that will draw the reader into the spell.
Gibt es eine Form von Spiritualität ohne Selbsttäuschung, die nicht klebrig oder kitschig ist und bei der man seine Würde als kritisches, vernünftiges Subjekt nicht verliert? Viele denken heute über die Möglichkeit einer säkularisierten Spiritualität nach, die ohne Sterblichkeitsverleugnung auskommt und mit den Ergebnissen der modernen Wissenschaft in Einklang gebracht werden kann. Lars Jaeger leistet einen Beitrag: Er führt den Leser auf eine ebenso unterhaltsame wie tiefsinnige Reise zu Gemeinsamkeiten und Gegensätzen wissenschaftlichen und spirituellen Denkens. Hochaktuell, bestens informiert.
Prof. Thomas Metzinger, Universität Mainz, Autor von Der Ego-Tunnel
Book on the universal history of science (in German) – published in September 2014
With “The Natural Sciences – A Biography “Lars Jaeger presents a seminal piece of work, which presents even readers with no scientific background in a clear and comprehensible way the history of science from its origins to today. Not only illustrates the book, how much Western thinking has been influenced by the respective level of scientific understanding; The author also points out, how important a good understanding of the development of the natural sciences is for shaping our future. With ever more rapid technological advances taking place today significant changes in our thinking and living are taking shape, which in turn raise new epistemological and ethical questions.
Lars Jaeger provides both: Guidance and exciting reading. In describing the “life” of the natural sciences in all its drama he at the same time succeeds to convey something fundamental: the great magic of knowledge. A book for diving in to be read from beginning to end!
- The History of Natural Sciences, told as a great adventure on the path to knowledge
- Informative and at the same time entertaining and exciting
- As in a biography, the reader gets to know the natural sciences as an organism, which grows, becomes independent, and develops and develops openly with respect to its future
- The book reveals the partly startling cross-connections and interdisciplinary links, especially to philosophical and social questions
- Author is a maverick: Physicist, Mathematician, Philosopher, Entrepreneur, Lecturer
Die Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, erzählt als großes Abenteuer auf dem Weg zu Wissen und Erkenntnis
A wonderfully written and very knowledgeable book, that helps to reduce the intolerable ignorance with respect to the history of science. Anyone who wants to understand the present with its technical possibilities, must know the path, which science has prepared. With this narative this can easily be achieved.
Ernst Peter Fischer
Why we need to understand science
Our society today unfolds in complete dependence on the scientific and technological progress. So it is surprising how underdeveloped the awareness of society’s decision makers and intellectuals is on where science stands in its various fields. Especially, as in the context of our rapidly increasing knowledge about nature and the ensuing technological possibilities are forming an outline of a new epoch-making “Leap of Mankind”. We thus need a good knowledge of the foundations of science widely in our society.
But can the abstract statements and complicated scientific theories such as quantum mechanics be explain to a wide audience? Lars‘ answer is “yes”. And the best way to do so is to convey the historical development of these theories. When we consider the respective specific issues and questions that led to the paradigms of modern science, the most abstract nature theories reveal themselves as extremely concrete. At the same time looking at the history of science we gain an understanding of the interplay between scientific progress and social developments. Therefore, the book provides not only a useful guidance for the various challenges of modernity, but it also opens up an entirely new view into the distance. In a future that is imminent.