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This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works | [John Brockman]

This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works

In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of Edge.org, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are we genetically programmed to be in conflict with each other? Those are just some of the 150 questions that the world's best scientific minds answer with elegant simplicity.
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In This Explains Everything, John Brockman, founder and publisher of Edge.org, asked experts in numerous fields and disciplines to come up with their favorite explanations for everyday occurrences. Why do we recognize patterns? Is there such a thing as positive stress? Are we genetically programmed to be in conflict with each other? Those are just some of the 150 questions that the world's best scientific minds answer with elegant simplicity.

With contributions from Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, Nassim Taleb, Brian Eno, Steven Pinker, and more, everything is explained in fun, uncomplicated terms that make the most complex concepts easy to comprehend.

©2013 Edge Foundation, Inc. (P)2014 Tantor

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"Offers a rare chance to discover big ideas before they hit the mainstream." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 02-15-14
    Gary Las Cruces, NM, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2001

    Letting the rest of the world go by

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    "An ode to science by making you feel the science"

    A series of essays that read like an ode to science. Good poetry makes you feel your way to understanding, and these essays let you understand by feeling and just gives enough to whet you curiosity on the topic and give you further ideas for further listening.

    This book would make a great first science book for the listener since it covers wide areas of science by making the listener feel the topic but not enough to fully understand or assimilate. As for me, the book makes a great last book in science to listen to because it summarizes superbly the 100 or so science books I've listened to (and reviewed) over the last 3 years. Now, I finally realize it's time for me to move on to other kinds of books to discover about our place in the universe.

    One of the narrators of this book, Peter Berkrot, read "Confessions of a Crap Artist". You know it's a great narrator when your mind goes back to something he had read (over six months ago) and you give the narrator that personality he had from the other book. That character in "Crap Artist" makes the truly bizarre the normal, and his reading of the strange in science by making it normal made the listening experience all the more enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dennis Miami, FL, United States 07-15-14
    dennis Miami, FL, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2005

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    What disappointed you about This Explains Everything?

    No story at all, just compilations of other people thoughts about great discoveries.


    What was most disappointing about John Brockman’s story?

    Again there was no story and I LOVE science and still couldn't understand allot of the reports. I needed a dictionary to listen to this and this is the first book I've ever EVER said that about after reading over a thousand books I would guess.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    This book turned me off so badly I want nothing to do with ANYTHING from this book again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Explains Everything?

    I would cut out the first 200 pages and then leave out the last 80 pages as well!!


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like this book at all.. as you needed a degree in language and 10 other sciences to understand this text and some of the chapters were embarrassing they were so poor.
    I got almost nothing from this giant grab bag of all kinds of things thrown together and couldn't follow most of it. Worst book...no ...second worst book I ever bought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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