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What we believe but cannot prove : today's leading thinkers on science in the age of certainty

Author: John Brockman; Edge.org.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2006] ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Scientific theory, more often than not, is born of bold assumption, disparate bits of unconnected evidence, and educated leaps of faith. Some of the most potent beliefs among brilliant minds are based on supposition alone--yet that is enough to push those minds toward making the theory viable. Eminent cultural impresario, editor, and publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), John Brockman asked a group of leading  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trivia and miscellanea
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Brockman; Edge.org.
ISBN: 0060841818 9780060841812
OCLC Number: 64549307
Description: xvii, 252 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface: The Edge question --
Introduction / Ian McEwan --
Contributors: Ian McEwan, Martin Rees, Ray Kurzweil, Douglas Rushkoff, Richard Dawkins, Chris Anderson, Stephen Petranek, Carolyn Porco, Paul C.W. Davies, Kenneth W. Ford, Karl Sabbagh, J. Craig Venter, Leon Lederman, Maria Spiropulu, Philip W. Anderson, Robert M. Sapolsky, Jesse Bering, Michael Shermer, Susan Blackmore, Randolph M. Nesse, M.D., Tor Nørretranders, Scott Atran, David G. Meyers, Jonathan Haidt, Sam Harris, David Buss, Seth Lloyd, Denis Dutton, Jared Diamond, Timothy Taylor, Judith Rich Harris, John H. McWhorter, Elizabeth Spelke, Stephen H. Schneider, Bruce Sterling, Robert Trivers, Verena Huber-Dyson, Keith Devlin, Freeman Dyson, Rebecca Goldstein, Stuart A. Kauffman, Leonard Susskind, Donald D. Hoffman, Terrence Sejnowski, John Horgan, Arnold Trehub, Ned Block, Janna Levin, Daniel Gilbert, Todd E. Feeinberg, M.D., Clifford Pickover, Nicholas Humphrey, Pamela McCorduck, Charles Simonyi, Alan Kay, Steven Pinker, Christine Finn, Daniel C. Dennett, Alun Anderson, Joseph LeDoux, George Dyson, Alison Gopnik, Paul Bloom, William H. Calvin, Robert R. Provine, Stanislas Dehaene, Stephen Kosslyn, Alex Pentland, Irene Pepperberg, Howard Gardner, David Gelernter, Marc D. Hauser, Gary Marcus, Brian Goodwin, Leo M. Chalupa, Margaret Wertheim, Gino Segrè, Haim Harari, Donald I. Williamson, Ian Wilmut, Daniel Goleman, Esther Dyson, James J. O'Donnell, Jean Paul Schmetz, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Simon Baron-Cohen, Kevin Kelly, Martin Nowak, Tom Standage, Steven Giddings, Alexander Vilenkin, Lawrence M. Krauss, John D. Barrow, Paul J. Steinhardt, Lee Smolin, Anton Zeilinger, Gregory Benford, Rudy Rucker, Carlo Rovelli, Jeffrey Epstein, Howard Rheingold, Jaron Lanier, Marti Hearst, Kai Kause, Oliver Morton, W. Daniel Hillis, Martin E.P. Seligman, Neil Gershenfeld, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Other Titles: Science in the age of certainty
Responsibility: edited by John Brockman.

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"Scientific theory, more often than not, is born of bold assumption, disparate bits of unconnected evidence, and educated leaps of faith. Some of the most potent beliefs among brilliant minds are based on supposition alone--yet that is enough to push those minds toward making the theory viable. Eminent cultural impresario, editor, and publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), John Brockman asked a group of leading scientists and thinkers the question: What do you believe to be true even though you cannot prove it? This book brings together the very best answers from the most distinguished contributors. Here is Ian McEwan on the absence of an afterlife; Richard Dawkins on the relationship between design and evolution; and Jared Diamond on when humans first reached the Americas. Other contributions from luminaries like Steven Pinker, Daniel C. Dennett, John Horgan, and Sir Martin Rees span the whole range of scientific endeavor and human experience, from the future of computing to the origins of intelligence, from insights into childhood behavior to cutting-edge cosmology"--Page 4 of cover.

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