John Brockman


"One of the great intellectual enzymes of our time. (An enzyme is a biological catalyst — an adroit enabler of otherwise impossible things.)" — Stewart Brand

JOHN BROCKMAN is a cultural impresario whose career has encompassed the avant-garde art world, science, books, software, and the Internet. In the 1960s he coined the word "intermedia" and pioneered "intermedia kinetic environments" in art, theatre, and commerce, while also consulting for clients such as General Electric, Columbia Pictures, Scott Paper, The Pentagon, and the White House.

In 1973, he formed Brockman, Inc., the international literary and software agency specializing in serious nonfiction. He is the founder of the nonprofit Edge Foundation, Inc. and editor of Edge(www.edge.org), the highly acclaimed website devoted to discussions of cutting edge science by many of the world's brilliant thinkers, the leaders of what he has termed "the third culture".


Included in his works as author and/or editor are By the Late John Brockman; The Third Culture; Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite; The New Humanists: Science at the Edge; Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist; Intelligent Thought: Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement. In addition, he is editor of a series of books based on the Edge Annual Question: What We Believe but Cannot Prove; What Is Your Dangerous Idea?; and What Are You Optimistic About?

Brockman has the distinction of being the only person to have been profiled on Page One of both The New York Sunday Times "Arts & Leisure" (1966), and The New York Times "Science Times" (1997).

"A bizarre, brilliant, bulldozer of a thinker who has done as much as anyone, anywhere, to shape today's intellectual landscape."
— David Gelernter

West Hollywood, 1969

SELECTED PRESS


Recent Press

2005 — Present

La Nacion[March 30, 2008] ° The Observer [July 01, 2007] ° The New York Times Magazine[January 21, 2007] ° Telegraph[January 02, 2007] ° La Stampa[November 22, 2006] ° eFollett Reader's Choice Newsletter[Summer, 2006] ° La Vanguardia [January 9, 2006]


2000 — 2005

La Vanguardia[December 5, 2005] °La Vanguardia[September 14, 2005] ° The Sunday Times[August 28, 2005] ° El Pais[May 12, 2005] ° The Guardian[April 30, 2005] ° Quark[February 7, 2005] ° Il Sole 24 Ore[January 16, 2005] American Scientist [March - April, 2002] ° La Weekly [October 31, 2001] ° Focus [October 8, 2001] ° The New York Times [August 7, 2001] ° Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung[August 1, 2001] ° Inside Magazine [March 20, 2001] ° Aventis Future [February, 2001] ° The New York Times [January 9, 2001] ° Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung [January 9, 2001] ° Die Woche [December 8, 2000] ° Die Welt [November 21, 2000] ° Berliner Zeitung [September 10, 2000] ° Prospect Magazine [August/September 2000] ° Time Out New York [April 8, 2000] ° The Independent [March 25, 2000] ° New York Magazine [March, 13 2000] ° The Wall Street Journal [February 28, 2000] ° Der Spiegel [February 21, 2000] ° Asahi Shimbun [February 3, 2000] ° Silicon Alley Reporter [January 2000] ° Bill Gates Syndiacated Column [January 27, 2000] ° Newsweek [January 11, 2000] ° The Wall Street Journal[January 4, 2000] ° The Daily Telegraph [January 4, 2000] ° Silicon Alley Reporter [2000]


 

1990s

Wired [September, 1999] ° Art Orbit [February, 1999] ° Upside [May, 1998] ° Wired [April, 1998] ° Science [February 13, 1998] ° New Scientist [February 7, 1998] ° Atlantic [January 8, 1998] ° The Independent[December 31, 1997] ° The New York Times [December 30, 1997] ° The Web Magazine[October, 1997] ° Smithsonian Magazine [October, 1997] ° The New York Times [October 14, 1997] ° Focus [October 14, 1996] ° The Daily Telegraph[September 30, 1995] ° Philadelphia Inquirer [September 6, 1995] ° La Repubblica [September 13, 1995] ° Wired[August, 1995] ° L'Espresso [July 28, 1995] ° The New York Times[June 19, 1995] ° New Scientist[March 6, 1995] ° The Sunday Times [October 2, 1994] ° Publishing News[April 30, 1993] ° The Sunday Times[December 13, 1992] ° Berlingske Tiden [November 26, 1992] ° New Statesman[September 25, 1992] ° Information[September 7, 1992] ° Insight[January 6, 1992] ° The Los Angeles Times[November 28, 1991]


1980s

The Jamais Vu Papers[April, 1989] ° Whole Earth Review[Summer, 1987] ° Forbes[November, 1985] ° Manhattan, Inc. [October, 1985] ° Inc. [April, 1985] ° The Computer Entrepreneurs [November, 1984] ° Newsweek Access [Fall, 1984] ° Venture [July, 1984] ° United[August, 1983]


1960s

Poetry Center[February, 1969] ° MoMA[June 3, 1969] ° Cavalier[February, 1969] ° Arts Magazine[February, 1969] ° The New Yorker[November 23, 1968]° New York Times[November 5, 1968] ° Newsweek[March 18, 1968] ° The New York Times [February 4, 1968] ° Women's Wear Daily[1967] ° The Herald Tribune [1967] ° The New York Times[September 16, 1967] ° Vogue [August 1, 1967] ° The New York Times [September 4, 1966] ° Life [May 27, 1966]° The Nation [December 25, 1965]

SELECTED BOOKS


[ 2008]
 


[2008]


[2007]

[2006]


[2006]


[2006]


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[2004]



[1994]


[2000]


[2002]


[1994]


[1973]

[1969]
 


"Open-minded, free-ranging, intellectually playful ...an unadorned pleasure in curiosity, a collective expression of wonder at the living and inanimate world...an ongoing and thrilling colloquium that is open to all." — Ian McEwan, in The Telegraph

"An array of Nobel laureates, professors, Pulitzer Prize winners and bestselling authors ... in this impressive book."
— Sun Herald (Sydney)


"Brilliant, essential and addictive. The result of this ambitious venture is not only brilliant, but addictive. It interprets, it interrogates, it provokes. Each text can be a world in itself." — Publico ((Lisbon); Cover Story, Sunday Magazine

"In the late summer of 2007 he [Brockman] hosted the now legendary symposium 'Life: What a Concept!' at his farm in Connceticut. This was where six pioneers of science had jointly proclaimed a new era: After the decyphering of the human genome soon whole genomes sequences could be written. That would be the beginning of the age of biology."
— Sueddeutsche Zeitung

"The optimistic visions of several of Mr. Brockman's Net-savvy essayists seem not just wonderful but plausible."
— Wall Street Journal

"'Life: What A Concept' was one of those memorable events that people in years to come will see as a crucial moment in history. After all, it's where the dawning of the age of biology was officially announced." — Sueddeutsche Zeitung

"I just read the Life transcript book and it is fantastic. One of the better books I've read in a while. Super rich, high signal to noise, great subject."
— Kevin Kelly. Editor-At-Large, Wired

"These are thoughts to make jaws drop." — Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

"These are thoughts to make jaws drop...Nobody at Eastover Farm seemed afraid of a eugenic revival. What in German circles would have released violent controversies, here drifts by unopposed under mighty maple trees that gently whisper in the breeze."
— Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

"Full of fascinating discussion ... deep thinking."
— The Age (Melbourne)

"The world's finest minds have responded with some of the most insightful, humbling, fascinating confessions and anecdotes, an intellectual treasure trove. ... Best three or four hours of intense, enlightening reading you can do for the new year. Read it now." — San Francisco Chronicle

"As in the past, these world-class thinkers have responded to Web site editor John Brockman's impossibly open-ended questions with erudition, imagination and clarity."

News & Observer (Raleigh-Durham)

"Answers ring like scientific odes to uncertainty, humility and doubt; passionate pleas for critical thought in a world threatened by blind convictions."
— Toronto Star

"A jolt of fresh thinking ...The answers address a fabulous array of issues. This is the intellectual equivalent of a New Year's dip in the lake — bracing, possibly shriek-inducing, and bound to wake you up." — Globe and Mail

"For an exceptionally high quotient of interesting ideas to words, this is hard to beat. ...What a feast of egg-head opinionating!"
— National Review

"Even the world’s best brains have to admit to being wrong sometimes: here, leading scientists respond to a new year challenge."
— The Times

"Provocative ideas put forward today by leading figures."
— The Telegraph

"The splendidly enlightened Edge website (www.edge.org) has rounded off each year of inter-disciplinary debate by asking its heavy-hitting contributors to answer one question. I strongly recommend a visit." — Independent

"What is the coolest online forum, one where scientists and great minds from all over the world exchange opinions and ideas, and the one that keeps the scientific debate alive? Almost certainly it’s edge.org, an American website whose most ardent supporters...are changing the present vision of the universe. This where you’ll run into debates that count."
— Il Giornale (Milan)

"A remarkable feast of the intellect... an amazing group of reflections on science, culture, and the evolution of ideas. Reading the Edge question is like being invited to dinner with some of the most interesting people on the planet."
— O'Reilly Radar

"A great event in the Anglo-Saxon culture." — El Mundo

"As fascinating and weighty as one would imagine...I strongly recommend a visit to anyone who feels browbeaten by fans of that over-rated virtue: mere consistency. "
— Independent

"They are the intellectual elite, the brains the rest of us rely on to make sense of the universe and answer the big questions." Guardian

"Praised by everyone from the Guardian, Prospect magazine, Wired, the New York Times and BBC Radio 4, Edge is an online collective of deep thinkers. Their contributors aren't on the frontier, they are the frontier."
— Scotsman

"Edge and the Edge Reality Club, a kind of scientist’s salon, is doing wonders for advancing the national conversation about science and scientific thinking."
— Charleston City Paper

" Persuasively upbeat." — O. The Oprah Magazine

"There is much in many of these brief essays to astonish, to be appalled at, to mull over or to wish for...Most of them are vitally engaging to anyone with an ounce of interest in matters such as being or whatever."
The Independent

"Our greatest minds provide nutshell insights on how science will help forge a better world ahead."
— Seed

"Uplifting ...enthralling." — The Mail On Sunday

"There is much in many of these brief essays to astonish, to be appalled at, to mull over or to wish for...Most of them are vitally engaging to anyone with an ounce of interest in matters such as being or whatever."
— The Canberra Times

"Sparky and provoking ... radiates bright ideas."
— The Indpendent

"When the lightbulb above your head is truly incendiary."
— Scientific American

"...fascinating and provocative reading."
— The Guardian

"If you think the web is full of trivial rubbish, you will find the intellectual badinage of edge.org to be a blessed counterpoint."
— The Times

"Recommended read to detox a tired mind."
— The Hindu

"...reads like an intriguing dinner party conversation among great minds in science."
— Discover

"Brilliant... a eureka moment at the edge of knowledge, as scientists ponder the imponderable. ... A website that will expand your mind." — The Sunday Times


"He (Ian McEwan) loves the spirited playfulness evident in places such as John Brockman's celebrated website Edge, where "neuroscientists might talk to mathematicians, biologists to computer-modelling experts", and in an accessible, discipline-crossing language that lets us all eavesdrop."
— Independent

"www.edge.org...has established itself as a major force on the intellectual scene in the US and as required reading for humanities heads who want to keep up to speed with the latest in science and technology. — Irish Times

"Intellectual and creative magnificence."
— Skeptical Inquirer

"Open-minded, free ranging, intellectually playful ... an unadorned pleasure in curiosity, a collective expression of wonder at the living and inanimate world ... an ongoing and thrilling colloquium."
— Ian McEwan, The Telegraph

"Astounding reading." — Boston Globe

"...the fascinating website edge.org."
— Toronto Star

"An unprecedented roster of brilliant minds, the sum of which is nothing short of visionary."
— Seed

Fantastically stimulating...It's like the crack cocaine of the thinking world.... Once you start, you can't stop thinking about that question." — BBC Radio 4

"Danger — brilliant minds at work... exhilarating, hilarious, and chilling."
— Evening Standard

"A selection of the most explosive ideas of our age."
— Sunday Herald

"Scientific pipedreams at their very best." — Guardian

"Wonderful reading."
— The Times

"Strangley addictive."
— The Telegraph

"Brockman's cross-fertilising club, the most rarefied of chatrooms, has its premises on his website www.edge.org. Eavesdropping is fun. Ian McEwan, one of the few novelists who has contributed to Edge's ongoing debates, suggests that the project is not so far removed from the 'old Enlightenment dream of a unified body of knowledge, when biologists and economists draw on each other's concepts and molecular biologists stray into the poorly defended territory of chemists and physicists'."
— The Observer

"The greatest virtual research university in the world."
— Arts & Letters Daily

"Audacious and stimulating."
— La Vanguardia

"Brilliant! Stimulating reading for anyone seeking a glimpse into the next decade."
— Sunday Times

"A running fire of a provocative and fascinating thesis." — La Stampa

"One of the most interesting stopping places on the Web."
— New York Times

"A peerage culture, a peerage that network technology encouraged."
— Science

"A stellar cast of thinkers tackles the really big questions facing scientists."
— Guardian

"It is like having a front-row seat at the ultimate scientific seminar series." — Times Higher Education Supplement

"A fascinating site."
— Kansas City.Com

"Fascinating...a lot of fun."
— Courier Mail

"Fascinating and thought-provoking ...wonderful, intelligent." — American Scientist

"Today's visions of science tomorrow."
— New York Times

"You can improve your own science education at www.edge.org."
— Wall Street Journal

"Clever minds debate on Edge about God and the world: what life is, what will result from global warming, or what the most recent discoveries in immunology research tell us. It is almost as colorful as the days of Louis XVI, when philosophers, writers, and political thinkers disputed one another in Parisian living rooms — and prepared the way for revolution."
— Sonntags Zeitung  

"Awesome indie newsletter with brilliant contributors."
—Wired

"Thrilling ... Everything is permitted, and nothing is excluded from this intellectual game."
— Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitun
 

"Websites of the year ... Inspired Arena...the world's foremost scientific thinkers."
— The Sunday Times

"Deliciously creative... the variety astonishes...intellectual skyrockets of stunning brilliance. Nobody in the world is doing what Edge is doing…The greatest virtual research university in the world." — Arts & Letters Daily

"A marvellous showcase for the Internet, it comes very highly recommended."
— Prospect
 
"Profound, esoteric and outright entertaining."
— Mercury News
 
"A terrific, thought provoking site."
— Guardian

"....a fascinating survey of intellectual and creative wonders of the world ... Thoughtful and often surprising ...reminds me of how wondrous our world is." — Bill Gates, New York Times Sndicated Column

"One of the Net's most prestigious, invitation-only free trade zones for the exchange of potent ideas."
— Wired
 
"Edge proves that shopping and fucking are hardly the only reasons people go online."
Time Out

 "An enjoyable read."
— Salon
 
"A-list: Dorothy Parker's Vicious Circle without the food and alcohol ... a brilliant format."
— Wired

"Big, deep and ambitous questions... breathtaking in scope." — New Scientist

"Has raised electronic discourse on the Web to a whole new level."
— Atlantic

"Lively, sometimes obscure and almost always ambitious."
—  Independent

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