Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up At Night
Science and Story Café: Meet the Authors
What should we be worried about? That is the question John Brockman, founding editor of the celebrated science website Edge, posed in 2013 to our planet’s most influential minds. Five leading scientists share their worries and discuss their own recent books.
Editor, Edge.org; Chairman of Brockman, Inc.; Author, By the Late John Brockman, The Third Culture
Biological Anthropologist, Rutgers University; Author, Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love
Consultant, New Scientist; Founding Editor, "CultureLab"; Author, Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything
Professor of Quantum Mechanical Engineering, MIT; Author, Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos
Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology; Harvard University; Author, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
Physicist, MIT; Researcher, Precision Cosmology; Scientific Director, Foundational Questions Institute; Author, Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
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“Reads like an atlas of fear.”
—New York Times
“Substantial and engrossing. . . .Brockman and the Edge contributors offer fresh and invaluable perspectives on crucial aspects of our lives.”
—Booklist (starred review)
"The most stimulating English-language reading to be had from anywhere in the world."
—The Canberra Times
“This collection helps us see the myriad possible concerns laid out before us, articulating the various elements of fear that we need to fear.”
"An awakening read in its entirety."
—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings