What Are You Optimistic About?: Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better

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John Brockman
HarperCollins, 2007 - Science - 374 pages

The nightly news and conventional wisdom tell us that things are bad and getting worse. Yet despite dire predictions, scientists see many good things on the horizon. John Brockman, publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), the influential online salon, recently asked more than 150 high-powered scientific thinkers to answer a vital question for our frequently pessimistic times: "What are you optimistic about?"

Spanning a wide range of topics—from string theory to education, from population growth to medicine, and even from global warming to the end of world—What Are You Optimistic About? is an impressive array of what world-class minds (including Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestselling authors, and Harvard professors, among others) have weighed in to offer carefully considered optimistic visions of tomorrow. Their provocative and controversial ideas may rouse skepticism, but they might possibly change our perceptions of humanity's future.

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I recommend that you read this book the same way as I did: one or two answers at a time. I tried to read more on one or two occasions but it's a bit like eating too much candy. You can't really tell ... Read full review

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Jam packed with opinions and views of generally the near term. A well represented cast of opinions from a wide number of disciplines. This book deserves a re-read as there is just so much to ponder ... Read full review


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The founder and publisher of the online science salon Edge.org, John Brockman is the editor of Culture, The Mind, Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?, This Will Change Everything, and other volumes. He is CEO of the literary agency Brockman Inc., and lives in New York City.

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