What We Believe but Cannot Prove (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Science - 272 pages
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More than one hundred of the world's leading thinkers write about things they believe in, despite the absence of concrete proof

Scientific theory, more often than not, is born of bold assumption, disparate bits of unconnected evidence, and educated leaps of faith. Some of the most potent beliefs among brilliant minds are based on supposition alone -- yet that is enough to push those minds toward making the theory viable.

Eminent cultural impresario, editor, and publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), John Brockman asked a group of leading scientists and thinkers to answer the question: What do you believe to be true even though you cannot prove it? This book brings together the very best answers from the most distinguished contributors.

Thought-provoking and hugely compelling, this collection of bite-size thought-experiments is a fascinating insight into the instinctive beliefs of some of the most brilliant minds today.

  

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Review: What We Believe But Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty

User Review  - João Lamas - Goodreads

A great insight of the beliefs of todays leading thinkers. As it stand, its not so diferrent from our own. Read full review

Review: What We Believe But Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty

User Review  - Jonathan-David Jackson - Goodreads

Out of the hundred or so essays in this book, only about five were thought-provoking. Around half were something like 'God does not exist' or 'string theory is very complicated,' both of which are ... Read full review

Contents

contributors
1
Douglas Rushkoff
7
Carolyn Porco
14
Leon Lederman
25
Jesse Bering
32
CONTENTS
40
Judith Rich Harris
64
Stephen H Schneider
73
William H Calvin
142
Stanislas Dehaene
148
Brian Goodwin
171
Williamson
184
Esther Dyson
192
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
199
Martin Nowak
206
Alexander Vilenkin
212

Freeman Dyson
82
CONTENTS
91
Arnold Trehub
100
Todd E Feinberg M D
107
Nicholas Humphrey
111
Dennett
124
Lee Smolin
220
Howard Rheingold
232
Oliver Morton
244
Neil Gershenfeld
250
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About the author (2009)

The publisher of the influential online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of Thinking, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and What Should We Be Worried About? He founded the literary agency Brockman Inc. and lives in New York City.

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