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Know this: today's most interesting and important scientific ideas, discoveries, and developments

by  John Brockman

Description

"The latest volume in the bestselling series from Edge.org-- dubbed 'the world's smartest website' by The Guardian-- brings together 175 of the world's most innovative and brilliant thinkers to discuss recent scientific breakthroughs that will shape the future. 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?"--Amazon.com

Table Of Contents

  • The LHC is working at full energy / Gordon Kane
  • Steve Giddings
  • Jeremy Bernstein
  • Carlo Rovelli
  • Rudy Rucker
  • Paul Davies
  • Frank Wilczek
  • Sean Carroll
  • Amanda Gefter
  • Hans Halvorson
  • Ross Anderson
  • Anton Zeilinger
  • Lisa Randall
  • Robert Provine
  • Nicholas A. Christakis
  • Gregory Benford
  • Lawrence M. Krauss
  • George Dyson
  • Peter Schwartz
  • Scott Aaronson
  • John Naughton
  • Mark Pagel
  • Roger Highfield
  • Randolph Nesse
  • Paul Dolan
  • New probes of Einstein's curved spacetime
  • and beyond? / Supermassive black holes / Gigantic black holes at the center of galaxies / The universe is infinite / Advanced LIGO and advanced Virgo / The news is not the news / We know all the particles and forces we're made of / Computational complexity and the nature of reality / Einstein was wrong / Replacing magic with mechanism? / Quantum entanglement is independent of space and time / Breakthroughs become part of the culture / Space exploration, new and old / Pluto is a bump in the road / Pluto now, then on to 550 AU / The universe surprised us, close to home / Progress in rocketry / The space age takes off ... and returns to Earth again / How widely should we draw the circle? / A new algorithm showing what computers can and cannot do / Designer humans / Cellular alchemy / A terrible beauty has been born / DNA programming /
  • Blinded by data / Gary Klein
  • Philip Tetlock
  • Paul Bloom
  • Leo M. Chalupa
  • Nicholas Humphrey
  • Jonathan Schooler
  • Richard Nisbett
  • S. Abbas Raza
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Howard Gardner
  • Kai Krause
  • Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
  • Gino Segre
  • Michale Shermer
  • Sheizaf Rafaeli
  • Tania Lombrozo
  • Nigel Goldenfeld
  • Clifford Pickover
  • Kevin Kelly
  • Keith Devlin
  • John C. Mather
  • Jaeweon Cho
  • Jim Holt
  • Michael Vassar
  • David G. Myers
  • Gerd Gigerenzer
  • Steven R. Quartz
  • Ed Regis
  • Peter Turchin
  • Jonathan Haidt
  • Stephen P. Stich
  • Oliver Scott Curry
  • James J. O'Donnell
  • Ziyad Marar
  • Adam Alter
  • Timothy Taylor
  • Buddhini Samarasinghe
  • Michael E. Hochberg
  • The epistemic trainwreck of soft-side psychology / Science itself / A compelling explanation for scientific misconduct / Sub-prime science / The infancy of meta-science / The disillusion and the disaffection of poor white Americans / Inequality of wealth and income : a runaway process / The age of visible thought / Our changing conceptions of what it means to be human / Complete head transplants / The en-gendering of genius / Diversity in science / The democratization of science / News about science news / The broadening scope of science / Q-bio / Mathematics and reality / Synthetic learning / A genuine science of learning / Bayesian program learning / FSM (feces-standard money) / The ironies of higher arithmetic / Broke people ignoring $20 bills on the sidewalk / We fear the wrong things / Living in terror of terrorism / The state of the world isn't as bad as you think / The healthy diet u-turn / Fatty foods are good for your health / Partisan hostility / Cognitive science transforms moral philosophy / Morality is made of meat / People kill because it's the right thing to do / Interdisciplinary social research / Intellectual convergence / Weapons technology powered human evolution / The immune system : a grand unifying theory for biomedical research / Harnessing our natural defenses against cancer /
  • Cancer drugs for brain diseases / Todd C. Sacktor
  • George Johnson
  • A.C. Grayling
  • David M. Buss
  • Jared Diamond
  • Helen Fisher
  • John Gottman
  • Christian Keysers
  • Terrence J. Sejnowski
  • George Church
  • Kate Jeffery
  • Stephen M. Kosslyn
  • Alison Gopnik
  • Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • Alun Anderson
  • Paul Saffo
  • Syed Tasnim Raza
  • Brian Knutson
  • Alex (Sandy) Pentland
  • Neil Gershenfeld
  • N.J. Enfield
  • Eduardo Salcedo-Albar??n
  • Thomas Metzinger
  • Timo Hannay
  • Andy Clark
  • Jamshed Bharucha
  • David Dalrymple
  • Steve Omohundro
  • Thomas A. Bass
  • Douglas Rushkoff
  • Rodney A. Brooks
  • Joshua Bongard
  • Alexander Wissner-Gross
  • Bruce Hood
  • Abigail Marsh
  • Joel Gold
  • Ara Norenzayan
  • Gregory Paul
  • Michael McCullough
  • The most powerful carcinogen may be entropy / The decline of cancer / The mating crisis among educated women / The most important x ... y ... z ... / The mother of all addictions / The trust metric / Optogenetics / The state of brain science / Nootropic neural news / Memory is a labile fabrication / The continually new you / Toddlers can master computers / The predictive brain / A new imaging tool / Sensors : accelerating the pace of scientific discovery / 3D printing in the medical field / Deep science / A world that counts / Programming reality / Pointing is a prerequisite for language / Macro-criminal networks / Virtual reality goes mainstream / The twin tides of change / Imaging deep learning / The neural net reloaded / Differentiable programming / Deep learning, semantics, and society / Seeing our cyborg selves / The rejection of science itself / Re-thinking artificial intelligence / I, for one / Data sets over algorithms / Biological models of mental illness reflect essentialist biases / Neuroprediction / The thin line between mental illness and mental health / Theodiversity / Modernity is winning / Religious morality is mostly below the belt /
  • A science of the consequences / Luca De Biase
  • David Berreby
  • Irene Pepperberg
  • Linda Wilbrecht
  • Mary Catherine Bateson
  • Daniel Goleman
  • Diana Reiss
  • Susan Blackmore
  • Eric R. Weinstein
  • Gregory Cochran
  • Hazel Rose Markus
  • John McWhorter
  • Laura Betzig
  • Diana Deutsch
  • Samuel Arbesman
  • Brian Christian
  • Victoria Wyatt
  • Christine Finn
  • Ernst P??ppel
  • Elizabeth Wrigley-Field
  • Steve Fuller
  • Maximilian Schich
  • Melanie Swan
  • Robert Sapolsky Creation of a "no ethnic majority" society / Interconnectedness / Early life adversity and collective outcomes / We're still behind / Neural hacking, handprints, and the empathy deficit / Send in the drones / That dress / Anthropic capitalism and the new gimmick economy / The origin of Europeans / The platinum rule : dense, heavy, but worth it / Adjusting to feathered dinosaurs / People are animals / The longevity of news / Weather prediction has quietly gotten better / The word : first as art, then as science / The convergence of images and technology / The mindful meeting of minds / Carpe diem / Linking the levels of human variation / Challenging the value of a university education / The hermeneutic hypercycle / Rethinking authority with the blockchain crypto enlightenment / Envoi : we may all die horribly /
  • The edge question / by John Brockman
  • Steven Pinker
  • Freeman Dyson
  • Kurt Gray
  • Stuart Pimm
  • Laurence C. Smith
  • Robert Trivers
  • Jennifer Jacquet
  • Bill Joy
  • James Croak
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist
  • Koo Jeong-A
  • Richard Muller
  • Scott Sampson
  • Carl Page
  • June Gruber
  • Milford H. Wolpoff
  • Giulio Boccaletti
  • Tor N??rretranders
  • Rory Sutherland
  • Bruce Parker
  • Dustin Yellin
  • Donald D. Hoffman
  • Antony Garrett Lisi
  • Lee Smolin
  • Seth Lloyd
  • Sarah Demers
  • Gerald Holton
  • Leonard Susskind
  • Frank Tipler
  • Andrei Linde
  • Paul J. Steinhardt
  • Stephon H. Alexander
  • Brian G. Keating
  • Neil Turok
  • Human progress quantified / Doing more with less / The "specialness" of humanity / J.M. Bergoglio's 2015 review of global ecology / Leaking, thinning, sliding ice / Glaciers / Our collective blind spot / Three de-carbonizing scientific breakthroughs / Juice / A call to action / A bridge between the 21st and 22nd century / The greatest environmental disaster / Technobiophilic cities / LENR could supplant fossil fuels / Emotions influence environmental well-being / Global warming redux : a serious challenge to our species / Blue marble 2.0 / High-tech stone age / The dematerialization of consumption / Science made this possible / The brain is a strange planet / The abdication of spacetime / The news that wasn't there / No news is astounding news / One hundred years of failure / Hope beyond the Higgs Boson / An unexpected, haunting signal / News about how the physical world operates / Unpublicized implications of Hawking black-hole evaporation / The energy of nothing / The big bang cannot be what we thought it was / Anomalies / Looking where the light isn't / Simplicity /
  • Human chimeras / David Haig
  • John Tooby
  • Robert Kurzban
  • Aubrey De Grey
  • Eric Topol, M.D.
  • Stuart A. Kauffman
  • Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Stewart Brand
  • Juan Enriquez
  • Stuart Firestein
  • W. Tecumseh Fitch
  • Max Tegmark
  • Yuri Milner
  • David Christian
  • Andrian Kreye
  • Martin J. Rees
  • Mario Livio
  • Michael I. Norton
  • Chris J. Anderson
  • Joscha Bach
  • Pamela McCorduck
  • Noga Arikha
  • Pamela Rosenkranz
  • Matt Ridley
  • Nina Jablonski
  • Joichi Ito
  • Alan Alda
  • Dirk Helbing
  • Quentin Hardy
  • Nathalie Nahai
  • Charles Seife
  • Margaret Levi
  • Marti Hearst
  • Roger Schank
  • Thalia Wheatley
  • Gloria Origgi
  • Ellen Winner
  • Judith Rich Harris
  • The race between genetic meltdown and germline engineering / The ongoing battles with pathogens / Antibiotics are dead; long live antibiotics! / The 6 billion letters of our genome / Systems medicine / Growing a brain in a dish / Self-driving genes are coming / Life diverging / Fundamentally newsworthy / Paleo-DNA and de-extinction / The wisdom race is heating up / Tabby's star / Extraterrestrials don't land on Earth! / We are not unique, but we are very much alone / Breakthrough listen / Life in the Milky Way / There is (already) life on Mars / The breathtaking future of a connected world / Everything is computation / Identifying the principles, perhaps the laws, of intelligence / Neuro-news / Microbial attractions / The epidemic of absence / Bugs R Us / Fecal microbiota transplants / Hi, guys / The anti-democratic trend / The age of awareness / A large-scale personality research method / The conquest of human scale / Big data and better government / This is the science-news essay you want to read / Those annoying ads? The harbinger of good things to come / Biology versus choice / How to be bad together / Psychology's crisis / The truthiness of scientific research /

Subject

Forecasting / Popular works / Discoveries in science / Science / Technological innovations

Details

Published New York, NY : Harper Perennial, 2017
Language English
Material xxviii, 573 p. ;
ISBN 0062562061 / 9780062562067
Location
In Process - TCDC Commons W District in Transit

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