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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 www.edge.org, 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 computing. Through this vibrant and varied online community, Brockman has shifted sharply away from the stereotype of the introverted, out-of-touch ...
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Overview

As founder, editor, and publisher of the intellectual forum www.edge.org, 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 computing. Through this vibrant and varied online community, Brockman has shifted sharply away from the stereotype of the introverted, out-of-touch scientist and introduced the reality of a fully aware and involved scientific society.

Science at the Edge reflects this brave new world, and Brockman has assembled some of the today’s most revolutionary scholars from all scientific disciplines to discuss their unique contributions to the development of modern thought. Far from being a catalog of the marginal disputes of a quarrelsome scientific class, this is a thrilling and intellectually stimulating discussion that serves as an introduction to some of the best minds of the 21st century. This revised and updated version features additional conversations, as well as a new introduction written especially for this edition.

The book contains Brockman’s discussions, many with bestselling authors, on the following topics:

  • Population theory, with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond
  • Human nature, with Steven Pinker, author of The Stuff Of Thought
  • Technology and the human mind, with Ray Kurzweil, author of the controversial book The Age of Spiritual Machines
  • Ways for humans to make themselves more intelligent, with Marvin Minsky, author of The Emotion Machine
  • Evolution of mankind’s violence, with Richard Wrangham, co-author of Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence
  • Possibilities of robot life, with Rodney Brooks, author of Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us
  • Cognitive science and brain development, with Marc Hauser, author of The Evolution of Communication
  • String theory and dimensions of space, with Lisa Randall, Harvard physics professor

A selection of the Scientific American Book Club.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402754500
  • Publisher: Union Square Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Expanding Third Culture   John Brockman     1
Homo sapiens     9
The New Humanists   John Brockman     11
A New Scientific Synthesis of Human History   Jared Diamond     19
A Biological Understanding of Human Nature   Steven Pinker     37
Getting Human Nature Right   Helena Cronin     57
Natural-Born Cyborgs?   Andy Clark     71
Animal Minds   Marc D. Hauser     83
The Evolution of Cooking   Richard Wrangham     103
The Computational Perspective   Daniel C. Dennett     115
What Shape Are a German Shepherd's Ears?   Stephen M. Kosslyn     129
Darwin y La Tercera Cultura   Lee Smolin   Marc D. Hauser   Robert Trivers     149
Machina sapiens?     175
Rebooting Civilization II   Seth Lloyd   Paul Steinhardt   Alan Guth   Marvin Minsky   Ray Kurzweil     177
Software Is a Cultural Solvent   Jordan B. Pollack     227
The Second Coming-a Manifesto   David Gelernter     237
Making Living Systems   Rodney Brooks     249
Making Minds   Hans Moravec     257
Quantum Computation   David Deutsch     267
What Comes After Minds?   Marvin Minsky     277
The Singularity   Ray Kurzweil     295
One Half of a Manifesto   Jaron Lanier     313
Evolving Universes ...     345
How Fast, How Small, and How Powerful? Moore's Law and the Ultimate Laptop   Seth Lloyd     347
A Golden Age of Cosmology   Alan Guth     365
The Cyclic Universe   Paul Steinhardt     377
Theories of the Brane   Lisa Randall     393
Loop Quantum Gravity   Lee Smolin     409
A Look Ahead   Martin Rees     433
Suggested Reading     443
Acknowledgments     447
Index     449
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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Excellent read for the layman who is interested in science.

    Excellent read for all science buffs. A nice one on one with some of the leading scientists of all time.

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