‘The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos’ edited by John Brockman is the fourth installment in ‘The Best of Edge’ series, a mix of excellent texts and skillful authors who speak on various scientific aspects of the universe, a book with its 400 pages would be still far too short for the fans of space faction.
In his book Brockman gathered some of the most important author names who wrote about the universe such as Alan Guth, Brian Greene, Paul Steinhardt, Lisa Randall, Lee Smolin, Frank Wilczek and others – a total of 21 essays and interviews which originally appeared on the Edge.org site.
Edge.org for those unfamiliar is the great resource of knowledge in which texts of countless scientists, tech people, philosophers, businessmen and even artists can be found which for the past 18 years are expressing their opinions and share their thoughts with each other and with the overall global audience.
But what is most important to point out, the texts which can be found on Edge.org were not written for a narrow circle of selected people who only can understand them, but in colloquial and easy to understand science language which editor Brockman described as “…those scientist and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are.”
It’s difficult to highlight just one or even a few texts which are the best in collection, but it can be assumed that the lot of audience attention most likely will attract Martin Rees text in which he discuss whether is possible we are living in a simulation made by some super computer, Andrei Linde’s concept of multiverse or Lee Smolin’s text that speaks about the nature of time.
Overall, this book edited by John Brockman is an interesting and educating collection of scientific texts which provide an excellent overview of universe theories and thoughts over the past two decades - the intellectual wealth in which all lovers of space faction will fully enjoy.
And once you (too soon) reach the end of the book, remains a possibility to visit Edge.org and immerse yourself in the richness of knowledge that awaits you there.