This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works

This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works

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Edited by John Brockman

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 411 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 198mm x 30mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 22 January 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0062230174
  • ISBN 13: 9780062230171
  • Sales rank: 4,200

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Drawn from the cutting-edge frontiers of science, This Explains Everything will revolutionize your understanding of the world.What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("The world's smartest website"--The Guardian), posed to the world's most influential minds. Flowing from the horizons of physics, economics, psychology, neuroscience, and more, This Explains Everything presents 150 of the most surprising and brilliant theories of the way of our minds, societies, and universe work.Jared Diamond on biological electricity - Nassim Nicholas Taleb on positive stress - Steven Pinker on the deep genetic roots of human conflict - Richard Dawkins on pattern recognition - Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek on simplicity - Lisa Randall on the Higgs mechanism - BRIAN Eno on the limits of intuition - Richard Thaler on the power of commitment - V. S. Ramachandran on the "neural code" of consciousness - Nobel Prize winner ERIC KANDEL on the power of psychotherapy - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on "Lord Acton's Dictum" - Lawrence M. Krauss on the unification of electricity and magnetism - plus contributions by Martin J. Rees - Kevin Kelly - Clay Shirky - Daniel C. Dennett - Sherry Turkle - Philip Zimbardo - Lee Smolin - Rebecca Newberger Goldstein - Seth Lloyd - Stewart Brand - George Dyson - Matt Ridley

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The founder and publisher of the on-line science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER, IS THE INTERNET CHANGING THE WAY YOU THINK:, THIS WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING, WHAT IS YOUR DANGEROUS IDEA?, WHAT WE BELIEVE BUT CANNOT PROVE. He is the CEO of the literary agency Brockman Inc. and lives in New York City.

Customer reviews

By Alastair Brown 07 Nov 2013 2

Sorry but this book does not deliver what it says on the cover. There are a few interesting responses to the question, but most of the answers are too lofty and lacking in detail, plus quite repetitive. So it's basically natural selection with a few others tagged on.

I thought it would be a valuable introduction to different cutting edge areas of science, but it proved not to be.

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"A collection of essays by big thinkers answering big questions [should be] deeply satisfying. And "This Explains Everything" delivers."--New Scientist

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