This Idea Must Die

Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

by John Brockman

On Sale: 02/17/2015

This Idea Must Die

Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

by John Brockman

On Sale: 02/17/2015


About the Book

The bestselling editor of This Explains Everything brings together 175 of the world’s most brilliant minds to tackle’s 2014 question: What scientific idea has become a relic blocking human progress?

Each year, John Brockman, publisher of—”The world’s smartest website” (The Guardian)—challenges some of the world’s greatest scientists, artists, and philosophers to answer a provocative question crucial to our time. In 2014 he asked 175 brilliant minds to ponder: What scientific idea needs to be put aside in order to make room for new ideas to advance? The answers are as surprising as they are illuminating. In :

  • Steven Pinker dismantles the working theory of human behavior
  • Richard Dawkins renounces essentialism
  • Sherry Turkle reevaluates our expectations of artificial intelligence
  • Geoffrey West challenges the concept of a “Theory of Everything”
  • Andrei Linde suggests that our universe and its laws may not be as unique as we think
  • Martin Rees explains why scientific understanding is a limitless goal
  • Nina Jablonski argues to rid ourselves of the concept of race
  • Alan Guth rethinks the origins of the universe
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist warns against glorifying unlimited economic growth
  • and much more.

Profound, engaging, thoughtful, and groundbreaking, This Idea Must Die will change your perceptions and understanding of our world today . . . and tomorrow.

Critical Praise

Praise for This Idea Must Die: “Take a look. No matter who you are, you are bound to find something that will drive you crazy.” — New York Times

“Garrulous and argumentative. ... Brockman’s formula is tried and tested. Better still, it shows no sign of getting old.” — New Scientist

This Idea Must Die is an excellent gathering of thoughts, rants and lamentations to add to your book list.” — Forbes

“Discern[s] the zeitgeist of ideas with which some of our era’s greatest minds are tussling. ... Profound. ... Provocative. ... Mind-stretching.” — Brain Pickings

“Fascinating. ... Thought-provoking.” — Science News

“A fascinating smorgasbord of 175 short essays about every field and facet of research.” — Science News

“Brockman succeeds in presenting scientific work that will appeal to a variety of readers, no matter their background.” — Publishers Weekly

Praise for Edge: “Physics, statistics, robotics, linguistics, medicine-all are zestfully scrutinized in this exuberant, mind-blowing gathering of innovative thinkers.” — Booklist

“An epicenter of bleeding-edge insight across science, technology, and beyond.” — Atlantic Monthly

“The brightest minds in the known universe.” — Vanity Fair

“A forum for the world’s most brilliant minds.” — The Observer (UK)

“A provocative and informative compilation.” — Library Journal



Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062374349
  • ISBN 10: 0062374346
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 02/17/2015
  • Pages: 592
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC2 : SCIENCE / Essays
  • BISAC3 : PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition

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