• Know This

  • Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments
  • By: John Brockman
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Dan John Miller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (228 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The latest volume in the best-selling 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?

Contributors include the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond, on the best way to understand complex problems; the author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Carlo Rovelli, on the mystery of black holes; Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker on the quantification of human progress; TED conferences curator Chris J. Anderson on the growth of the global brain; Harvard physicist Lisa Randall on the true measure of breakthrough discoveries; Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek on why the 21st century will be shaped by our mastery of the laws of matter; music legend Peter Gabriel on tearing down the barriers between imagination and reality; and Princeton physicist Freeman Dyson on the surprising ability of small (and cheap) upstarts to compete with billion-dollar projects. Plus Nobel laureate John C. Mather, Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy, Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Shermer, Genome author Matt Ridley, Harvard geneticist George Church, and many more.

©2017 Edge Foundation, Inc. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good, but...

Good overall, but presented as short snippets of information, not full articles. Unexpected, but fine.

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Not for everyone but AMAZING for Science People

It's very heavy. I could only really read one or two chapters at a time because quite honestly it's such mind blowing stuff. At the end of the day it's very inspirational, by now it's a bit old because many of these discovers have matured and are in the middle of playing out right now, which is really cool stuff. Great for people who want a landscape of the craziest scientific discoveries of our times.

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Can I get a refund?

Listen if you want a list of how humans are destroying earth. Each sub-contracted writers submits their opinions.

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Buffet of Disjoint Concepts

The book has many separate 3-10 minute chapters that have very little in common. The lack of depth was unexpected and frustrating.

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Pete and Repeat and Re-repeat

Would you try another book from John Brockman and/or Gabra Zackman and Dan John Miller ?

The Narrators, sure. The essay collector, no.

What was most disappointing about John Brockman’s story?

The description leads one to believe that this book would have had more information than it does. Instead, it is filled with nearly 200 short essays with professors and "celebrities" like Alan Alda, opining on what the hot science and pseudo-science news of the day is.

If your belief system orbits around "man made global warming", mocking the religious, demonizing the human race in general, and snotty elitist TED talks, this book will fill your confirmation bias needs for months.

What does Gabra Zackman and Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrators were fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. When the authors were not lustfully thumping all the politically correct dogmas, they were repeating information from prior essays. Over, and over and over.

The essays are semi grouped according to topic. Each essay in a topic group, with almost no exception, simply repeats information that was given in the first essay of the group. This continues for about 20 essays in each topic group. Repeat.... Repeat... Repeat.

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I was hoping for so much more.

Some chapters interesting. Others were drivel. I got about 1/4 the way through and had to stop.

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Religious tripe.

Religious, typically insidious in it's approach. I couldn't finish this book and resent being conned into buying it.

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A collection of articles

Some of the articles were amazing. Some ridiculous. Extremely high variance. Nonetheless I would recommend it. But feel no shame for fast forwarding to the next of the 199 articles.

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very few timeless and insightful articles.

The presentation and pace of the audiobook were very good, nevertheless only about 10% of the contributor's seemed to talk within their area of competence.

I don't know anything about Brockman, but either an unintentionally or intentional bias reoccurres throughout the book, making the curation of the articles very poor given the title of the book. Over I would not recommend this book.

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very insightful

covers a wide array of topics in an objective and very palatable way. I learned a lot from this.

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  • 01-28-18

Interesting

Sleep book that sometimes kept me awake but mostly nice soothing white noise read calmly.