This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful and Elegant Theories of How the World Works (Edge Question Series)

This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful and Elegant Theories of How the World Works (Edge Question Series) by Mr. John Brockman

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Language English
Contributor(s) Mr. John Brockman
Binding Paperback
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Product Details
Language English
Publication Date 2016-10-31
Publisher Harper Perennial
Contributor(s) Mr. John Brockman
Binding Paperback
Page Count 432
ISBN 0062230174


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Drawn from the cutting-edge frontiers of science, This Explains Everything presents 150 of the most deep, surprising and brilliant explanations of how the world works, with contributions by Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, Nassim Taleb, Brian Eno, Steven Pinker and more

What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?

This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge. org ("The world's smartest website" –The Guardian), posed to 150 of the world brightest and most influential minds. Scientists' greatest pleasure comes from theories that derive the solution to some deep puzzle from a small set of simple principles in a surprising way. These explanations are called "beautiful" or "elegant". Historical examples are Kepler's explanation of complex planetary motions as simple ellipses, Bohr's explanation of the periodic table of the elements in terms of electron shells and Watson and Crick's double helix. Einstein famously said that he did not need experimental confirmation of his general theory of relativity because it "was so beautiful it had to be true. "

Contributors include:
Jared Diamond on biological electricity; Nassim Nicholas Taleb on positive stress; Steven Pinker on the deep genetic roots of human conflict; Richard Dawkins on pattern recognition; Nobel Prize winning physicist Frank Wilczek on simplicity; plus entries from music producer Brian Eno, Nudge author Richard Thaler, Phantoms in the Brain author V. S. Ramachandran, Flow author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi; a Universe from Nothing author Lawrence Krauss, Martin Rees, Kevin Kelly, Clay Shirky, Daniel C. Dennett and more.


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