The bestselling editor of This Explains Everything brings together 175 of the world's most brilliant minds to tackle Edge.org's 2014 question: what scientific idea has become a relic blocking human progress?
Richard Dawkins, whom Discover magazine recently called "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution, now turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. In so doing, he makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just irrational, but potentially deadly.
A magnificent, beautifully written epic "biography" of cancer—in the tradition of Andrew Solomon's The Noonday Demon, this is a brilliant exploration of the past, present, and future of a complex disease that defines us and our time.
Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos
John Brockman Antony Ferguson, Danny Campbell (et. al)
John Brockman brings together the world's best-known physicists and science writers—including Brian Greene, Walter Isaacson, Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek, Benoit Mandelbrot, and Martin Rees—to explain the universe in all its wondrous splendor.
James Owen Weatherall tells the story of the physicists and mathematicians who created the models that have become the basis of modern finance and argues that these models are the "solution" to—not the source of—our current economic woes.