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Science at the Edge: Conversations with the Leading Scientific Thinkers of Today

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As founder, editor, and publisher of the intellectual forum, John Brockman is well-positioned to initiate and cultivate an ongoing dialogue with today’s leading cutting-edge thinkers. The website is a virtual salon for every type of intellectual and scientific pursuit, from evolutionary biology and quantum physics, to crowd psychology and miniaturized computin ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Union Square Press
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David Schwinghammer
SCIENCE AT THE EDGE is a compilation of summarized interviews edited by John Brockman, author of THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS: SCIENCE IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. His emphasis is on cooperation between traditional scientist such as physicists and cosmologists with more humanistic scientists such as psychologists and philosophers.

The above may have been his intent, but the various essays tend to address artificial intelligence and possible theories unifying relativity and quantum mecha
Billy Maise
May 23, 2014 Billy Maise rated it it was ok
Usually I really like science books, but this one was a solid 'Mehh'. Too much of the information was stuff I already knew, and some of the essays were repeated in slightly different form later in the book.
Mark Fallon
Jan 05, 2009 Mark Fallon rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book!

A compilation of "conversations" (interviews, speeches, articles) with people working on the cutting edge of new idea in biology, computers, physics and cosmology. Instead of supporting a single point of view, the book includes competing viewpoints on multiple subjects.

I learned that there's even more I don't know than I realized before. And, that there's some brilliant women and men working on problems I didn't know existed.

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May 29, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it

I had read The Next Fifty Years some time ago, and enjoyed the essay-structure and theme. This is just the next iteration, but very well done, there are some thought-provoking and insightful essays here. The first section seemed to lean towards a Darwin Love-Fest, which started to get on my nerves, but the second and third sections had very interesting, and often contradicting, positions on where things are and where they are going. Very well edited.
Sammy Sutton
Oct 28, 2010 Sammy Sutton rated it liked it
There are some interesting studies and commentary. The author certainly does not believe there is a place for a divine order.
Mar 24, 2012 Chraeloos rated it liked it
For a broad mix of papers, this is a good place to start. Compelling arguments and definitive answers. Makes you think!
Sep 08, 2008 Ben rated it liked it
Not bad, but I didn't care for the author's tone. And there was way too much on high energy physics.
Johann Fourie
Aug 15, 2013 Johann Fourie rated it liked it
Interesting - a sort of glimps into the world of theoretical scientists
Jan 05, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
Some really interesting chapters others less so. I would pick and choose.
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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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