new book – ‘This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works’ ed. by John Brockman (Edge.org’s Annual Question)
Written on January 26, 2013
This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works ed. by John Brockman (Harper Perennial, 2013)
Book description from the publisher:
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
See also: 2012 Annual Question at Edge.org