Third Culture: Beyond the Scientific Revolution

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Simon and Schuster, May 7, 1996 - Science - 413 pages
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Thirty-five years ago, C. P. Snow, in a now famous essay, wrote about the polarization of the "two cultures" -- literary intellectuals on the one hand, and scientists on the other. Although he hoped for the emergence of a "third culture" that would bridge the gap, it is only recently that science has changed the intellectual landscape.
Brockman's thesis that science is emerging as the intellectual center of our society is brought to life vividly in The Third Culture, which weaves together the voices of some of today's most influential scientific figures, including:
Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins on the implications of evolution Steven Pinker, Marvin Minsky, Daniel C. Dennett, and Roger Penrose on how the mind works
Murray Gell-Mann and Stuart Kauffman on the new sciences of complexity
The Third Culture is an honest picture of science in action. It is at once stimulating, challenging, and riveting.

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Massively illuminating, wide-ranging summary of the points of debate and research across the scientific spectrum (as of 15 years ago). I wonder whether there's a follow-up? Even if the essays ... Read full review

THE THIRD CULTURE: Beyond the Scientific Revolution

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A smÓrgasbord for armchair intellectuals. Recalling C.P. Snow, Brockman declares the old ``two culture'' split to be dead. Time was when arts and humanities academics could live in blissful ignorance ... Read full review


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John Brockman, writer and literary agent, is the founder of The Reality Club, president of Edge Foundation, and editor of EDGE newsletter. He divides his time between New York City and Bethlehem, Connecticut.

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