Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments

Edited by John Brockman
Read by Gabra Zackman  and Dan John Miller

The Edge Question Series

14.67 Hours 02/07/2017 unabridged
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Today’s most visionary thinkers reveal the cutting-edge scientific ideas and breakthroughs you must understand. Scientific developments radically alter our understanding of the world. Whether it’s technology, climate change, health research, or the latest revelations of neuroscience, physics, or psychology, science has, as Edge editor John Brockman says, “become a big story, if not the big story.” In that spirit, this new addition to Edge.org’s fascinating series asks a powerful and provocative question: What do you consider the most interesting and important recent scientific news? Contributors include: Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond on the best way to understand complex problems; author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Carlo Rovelli on the mystery of black holes; Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker on the quantification of human progress; TED conferences curator Chris J. Anderson on the growth of the global brain; Harvard physicist Lisa Randall on the true measure of breakthrough discoveries; Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczec on why the 21st century will be shaped by our mastery of the laws of matter; music legend Peter Gabriel on tearing down the barriers between imagination and reality; Princeton physicist Freeman Dyson on the surprising ability of small (and cheap) upstarts to compete with billion-dollar projects. Plus: Nobel laureate John C. Mather, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy, and many more.

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Summary

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Today’s most visionary thinkers reveal the cutting-edge scientific ideas and breakthroughs you must understand.

Scientific developments radically alter our understanding of the world. Whether it’s technology, climate change, health research, or the latest revelations of neuroscience, physics, or psychology, science has, as Edge editor John Brockman says, “become a big story, if not the big story.” In that spirit, this new addition to Edge.org’s fascinating series asks a powerful and provocative question: What do you consider the most interesting and important recent scientific news?

Contributors include: Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond on the best way to understand complex problems; author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Carlo Rovelli on the mystery of black holes; Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker on the quantification of human progress; TED conferences curator Chris J. Anderson on the growth of the global brain; Harvard physicist Lisa Randall on the true measure of breakthrough discoveries; Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczec on why the 21st century will be shaped by our mastery of the laws of matter; music legend Peter Gabriel on tearing down the barriers between imagination and reality; Princeton physicist Freeman Dyson on the surprising ability of small (and cheap) upstarts to compete with billion-dollar projects. Plus: Nobel laureate John C. Mather, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy, and many more.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brockman’s array of contributors and subject matter makes for an often lively collection.” Publishers Weekly
“Lucid intellectual hors d’oeuvres that deserve rereading.” Kirkus Reviews
“Addictive, fascinating, exciting—even on topics I already knew quite a lot about. Very high quality.” Daniel C. Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell
“Both narrators, Gabra Zackman and Dan John Miller, have pleasant, friendly voices that propel the audiobook forward and keep it interesting. Miller has a deep tone, and he approaches his material with a conversational style and an energetic pace. Zackman has an equally accessible voice and a bit more variation in her delivery, which emphasizes key words and phrases more specifically. Each one brings enthusiasm and zest to a book that focuses on ideas that have made our lives more productive and more fun.” AudioFile

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 14.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English