What We Believe But Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty (Paperback)

By John Brockman (Editor)
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More than one hundred of the world's leading thinkers write about things they believe in, despite the absence of concrete proof

Scientific theory, more often than not, is born of bold assumption, disparate bits of unconnected evidence, and educated leaps of faith. Some of the most potent beliefs among brilliant minds are based on supposition alone -- yet that is enough to push those minds toward making the theory viable.

Eminent cultural impresario, editor, and publisher of Edge (www.edge.org), John Brockman asked a group of leading scientists and thinkers to answer the question: What do you believe to be true even though you cannot prove it? This book brings together the very best answers from the most distinguished contributors.

Thought-provoking and hugely compelling, this collection of bite-size thought-experiments is a fascinating insight into the instinctive beliefs of some of the most brilliant minds today.

About the Author


John Brockman, editor of many books, including "The Next Fifty Years", is also the author of "By the Late John Brockman", "The Third Culture", and "Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite". He is the founder and CEO of Brockman Inc., a literary and software agency, and the publisher and editor of the website Edge. He lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060841812
ISBN-10: 0060841818
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: February 28th, 2006
Pages: 252
Language: English