Science Is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science + Society

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Harper Collins, Oct 12, 2010 - Science - 368 pages
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Seed magazine brings together a unique gathering of prominent scientists, artists, novelists, philosophers and other thinkers who are tearing down the wall between science and culture.

We are on the cusp of a twenty-first-century scientific renaissance. Science is driving our culture and conversation unlike ever before, transforming the social, political, economic, aesthetic, and intellectual landscape of our time. Today, science is culture. As global issues—like energy and health—become increasingly interconnected, and as our curiosities—like how the mind works or why the universe is expanding—become more complex, we need a new way of looking at the world that blurs the lines between scientific disciplines and the borders between the sciences and the arts and humanities.

In this spirit, the award-winning science magazine Seed has paired scientists with nonscientists to explore ideas of common interest to us all. This book is the result of these illuminating Seed Salon conversations, edited and with an introduction by Seed founder and editor in chief Adam Bly. Science Is Culture includes:

  • E. O. Wilson + Daniel C. Dennet
  • Steven Pinker + Rebecca Goldstein
  • Noam Chomsky + Robert Trivers
  • David Byrne + Daniel Levitin
  • Jonathan Lethem + Janna Levin
  • Benoit Mandelbrot + Paola Antonelli
  • Lisa Randall + Chuck Hoberman
  • Michel Gondry + Robert Stickgold
  • Alan Lightman + Richard Colton
  • Laurie David + Stephen Schneider
  • Tom Wolfe + Michael Gazzaniga
  • Marc Hauser + Errol Morris

 

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Contents

Rebecca Goldstein
23
Alan Lightman and Richard Colton
43
Drew Endy and Stefan Sagmeister
61
Joan Fontcuberta
75
Laurie David
89
Noam Chomsky
103
Michel Gondry and Robert Stickgold
117
Janna Levin
131
Will Self and Spencer Wells
209
Benoit Mandelbrot
225
Marc Hauser and Errol Morris
239
Tom Wolfe and Michael Gazzaniga
255
Jill Tarter
269
Complex Networks Feedback Loops and the Cities
283
AlbertLászló Barabási
297
Paul Steinhardt
313

Daniel Levitin and David Byrne
147
Lisa Randall and Chuck Hoberman
163
Michael Shanks and Lynn Hershman
177
Lawrence Krauss
193
Thomas E Lovejoy
329
Acknowledgments
345
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