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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...

Frank’s latest book takes on fundamental issues in philosophy and science, sharply delineating what we know - and don’t know. Fundamentals is due for delivery in March 2018.  It will be published initially by Penguin, and later, in translation, by many other publishers around the world.

You can read the proposal here.

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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“Occasionally, there comes along a popular science book that both scientists and non-scientist can read with pleasure and profit, and this is one."—The New Yorker.

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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.

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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.  

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Four scientists make a discovery which clearly merits the Nobel Prize.  (They discover that the dark matter of the universe is axions.)  But according to the rules, at most three people can share it. Somebody’s got to go.

That’s the basic premise of Attraction of Darkness, Frank’s venture into (consciously) writing fiction.  It is nearing completion, and he plans to shop it around in early 2019.  

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