Books by John Brockman

Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"It's difficult to be turgid in a microessay (one paragraph to four, rarely five, pages); a few academics manage, but most deliver lucid intellectual hors d'oeuvres that deserve rereading."
The latest installment of the editor and literary agent's near-yearly anthology of brief essays on a specific scientific theme or subject. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A satisfying experience for readers looking for thoughtful answers to big questions."
With This Idea Must Die (2015) barely off the presses, Brockman, editor of the online science salon, asked the world's intellectuals for another opinion. They deliver in the latest of the editor's thick compendiums.Read full book review >
THIS IDEA MUST DIE by John Brockman
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Although they often beat dead or nonexistent horses, these ingenious cerebral tidbits will stimulate, provoke and confuse (in a good way) intelligent readers."
New science has a difficult time. As physicist Max Planck said long ago, a good idea does not automatically replace a bad one; "opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"You will be surprised, you will learn a lot, and indeed, you will have a higher quality of things to worry about."
As if we didn't have enough to worry about, an acclaimed website gleans sophisticated anxieties for our consideration from a cohort of well-educated, highly influential people. Read full book review >
THINKING by John Brockman
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"For serious readers interested in keeping up with what serious thinkers are thinking about thinking, this book offers nourishing food for thought."
Another compendium derived from the online salon, this time essays from its section called "Mind." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A smorgasbord of ideas, best when judiciously sampled."
From a broad array of thinkers come answers to the question: "What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?" Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A winning combination of good writers, good science and serious broader concerns." founder and publisher Brockman (Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Civilizations, Art, Networks, Reputation, and the Online Revolution, 2011, etc.) asks a group of eminent scientists and writers their views on the question, "What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everybody's Cognitive Toolkit?" Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"A welcome gathering of intriguing ideas."
Prominent thinkers examine the many facets of culture over time and in the present age of the Internet. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"There's some chaff here, but also plenty of insights for the scientifically curious."
Scientists, futurists and other pundits ruminate on roads not taken and missteps along the way. Read full book review >
Released: May 21, 2002

"An ample anthology whose chief virtue lies in each presenter's snapshot history of a field: where we are, how we got there, where we might be headed."
Enterprising editor/literary agent/Web-site meister Brockman (The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2,000 Years, 2000, etc.) is at it again, cajoling his buddies to speculate on what brave new world lies half a century ahead. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"Varied and invigorating, these essays are a light, but not insubstantial, read."
An eclectic survey of contemporary scientific thought and attitudes. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"Because rival theories and friendly and not-so-friendly enemies abound in the pages, it is also an honest picture of science in the making."
A smîrgasbord for armchair intellectuals. Read full book review >