The New Humanists: Science at the Edge
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The New Humanists: Science at the Edge

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When John Brockman’s essay, “The New Humanists” appeared on his popular cutting-edge science website, EDGE (, he received a record number of responses from the intellectuals of the EDGE community. In his essay, Brockman noted that the American intellectual had become proudly or defiantly ignorant of major scientific accomplishments. According to Brockman, inte...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 18th 2003 by Sterling (first published 2003)
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Mar 18, 2009 Forrest rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Ian Oeschger
You can enjoy this anthology and still feel that the anthologist, John Brockman, is puffy and hubristic.

This effort to bring the humanities and the sciences together is a laudable one, but Brockman often seems to act as if he were the first to conceive it, and is (I think) often arrogantly dismissive of the claims of humanism and the humanities that he purports to embrace.

(Retrospective on having read this a long time ago)
Some really fantastic essays in here. They're not all gold, but there's not much bad in here either.

The only bad thing I can really think to say about this book is that a lot of the essays try to condense too much information into too small a space. Still, it's a great introduction to a lot of important scientists and thinkers of our time.
Beth (M) mowry
A feast of ideas about human nature, evolution, computers, the universe... mercifully readable.
A wonderful compilation of articles from the ever-fascinating
Mina Saher
an interesting book nothing more nothing less
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With a broad career spanning the fields of art, science, books, software and the Internet. In 1960 he established the bases for "intermedia kinetic environments" in art, theatre and commerce, while consulting for clients such as General Electric, Columbia Pictures, The Pentagon, The White House... In 1973 he formed his own literary and software agency. He is founder of the Edge Foundation and edit...more
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