Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments
Today's most visionary thinkers reveal the cutting-edge scientific ideas and breakthroughs you must understand.
Scientific developments radically change and enlighten our understanding of the world -- whether it's advances in technology and medical research or the latest revelations of neuroscience, psychology, physics, economics, anthropology, climatology, or genetics. And yet amid the...more
Please note that I have put the original German text to the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.
The influence that the concept of such works can have is still difficult to quantify. Previously, the Usus was rather to write a whole book and fill with various personal anecdotes and information dump to achieve the appropriate scope. The d ...more
“Know This” is a thought-provoking book of essays brought to you by the by The Edge that provides readers with better tools to think about the world. The Edge is an organization that presents original ideas by today's leading thinkers from a wide spectrum of scientific fields. The 2017 Edge question is, “What do you consider the most interesting recent (sc ...more
Brockman J (ed.) (2017) (14:40) Know This - Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments
Preface: The Edge Question
001. Steven Pinker :: Human Progress Quantified
002. Freeman Dyson :: Doing More with Less
003. Kurt Gray :: The “Specialness” of Humanity
004. Stuart Pimm :: J. M. Bergoglio’s 2015 Review of Global Ecology
005. Laurence C. Smith :: Leaking, Thinning, Sliding Ice
006. R ...more
“This isn't tolerable for the democracy in the increasing technological world. The most significant example is climate change, it turns out, for instance, that many basic terms are unintelligible for newspaper readers.
Or as this quote from the book:
"Recently I encountered a statement that theory is just a guess, and that includes evolution, not mentioning what was reconst ...more
by John Brockman
trying to get the audio edition
Preface: The Edge question / John Brockman --
Human progress quantified / Steven Pinker --
Doing more with less / Freeman Dyson --
The "specialness" of humanity / Kurt Gray --
J.M. Bergoglio's 2015 review of global ecology / Stuart Pimm --
Leaking, thinning, sliding ice / Laurence C. Smith -- Glaciers / Robert Tr ...more
1) you get a lot of redundant answers. When you ask an opinion on ...more
John Brockton asked 100s of scientists the question: "What do you consider the most interesting recent [scientific] news? What makes it important?"
The result is a 600+ page tome with each scien ...more
New things learned from this book:
Longue durée (History)
Satusfice - accept an available option as satisfactory. (Herbert Simon)
Hubble / Planck lengths, largest and smallest scale in Physics.
The Electron, discovered by. J.J. Thomson ...more
Interestingness (How interesting is the subject matter? Does the book make an uninteresting subject interesting? Does the book provide a fresh perspective?): 4
Credibility (How well does the book defend its thesis? How well-researched are evidence and anecdotes?): 4
Clarity (How good is the disposition? Is information presented in a way that make ...more
Not every single essay was perspective altering, but there were many that were. Which is saying something.
If you like Radiolab, if you like TED, you'll love these anthologies of thought written by some of the most inquisitive among us.
In a rush r ...more
There was also one really great story in here about the importance of art :)
THAT SAID... it read like a textbook. I can't honestly say that I enjoyed it. It felt a little more like a chore or a long run... I know I'm better off for having completed it, but it wasn't a great ride. Probably wouldn't recommend this to many, save a few with a hunger for hard science or philosophical debate.