One of our great contemporary scientists presents ten insights that illuminate what every thinking person needs to know about what the world is and how it works.
Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek's Fundamentals is built around a simple but profound idea: the models of the world we construct as children are practical and adequate for everyday life, but they do not bring in the surprising and mind-expanding revelations of modern science.
To do that, we must look at the world anew, combining clear thinking with an openness to wonder. This "born again" world is in many ways larger, fuller, and much stranger than it appears. Through a...
Science world luminary John Brockman assembles twenty-five of the most important scientific minds, people who have been thinking about the field artificial intelligence for most of their careers, for an unparalleled round-table examination about mind, thinking, intelligence and what it means to be human.
"Artificial intelligence is today's story--the story behind all other stories. It is the Second Coming and the Apocalypse at the same time: Good AI versus evil AI." --John Brockman
More than sixty years ago, mathematician-philosopher Norbert Wiener published a book on the place of machines in society that ended with a warning: "we shal...
Does the universe embody beautiful ideas? It’s a deep question, here deeply explored.
Praise for A Beautiful Question: “An expertly curated tour across 2,500 years of philosophy and physics . . . [Frank Wilczek] has accomplished a rare feat: Writing a book of profound humanity based on questions aimed directly at the eternal.” — The Wall Street Journal.
Physicists' understanding of the essential nature of physical reality changed radically, and reached new levels of unity and completeness, over the last few decades. The Lightness of Being is the first book to unwrap these extraordinary new ideas for the general public.
Here, the fantastic reality that is modern physics is exposed for your exploration. This extravaganza includes 49 pieces, including many from Wilczek's award-winning Reference Frame columns in Physics Today. Profound ideas, presented with style.
Fantastic Realities also includes Betsy Devine's sparkling chronicle of getting ready for, and living through, the Nobel Prize ceremonies.
It was long thought that bosons and fermions exhausted the possibilities for particle behavior, but anyons (named by Frank) joined the party as a theoretical concept in the 1980s. Anyons are now believed to occur in many settings, and are the basis for “topological quantum computing”, a promising approach to quantum information processing. This early text and reprint collection, containing many of the foundational papers, was a milestone in the development of the subject.
The “Berry phase”, introduced by the English mathematical physicist Michael Berry, and its generalizations have proved to be an attractive, versatile tool in theoretical physics. This pioneering text and reprint volume played a big role in consolidating and expanding this circle of ideas, and has achieved classic status.