Edge News Highlights


THE GUARDIAN

"The World's Smartest Website … Edge is a salon for the world's finest minds."


THE NEW YORK TIMES

"We'd certainly be better off if everyone sampled the fabulous Edge symposium which, like the best in science, is modest and daring at once." —David Brooks, Column


THE ATLANTIC

"An epicenter of bleeding-edge insight across science, technology and beyond, hosting conversations with some of our era's greatest thinkers. ... (A)  lavish cerebral feast ... one of this year's most significant time-capsules of contemporary thought."  

 


IL SOLE 24 ORE

"The inquiry becomes an a fascinating experience. The pleasure of intelligence is a renewable source of intellectual energy." 


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

"Not just wonderful, but plausible."


PUBLICO (LISBON)

"Brilliant, essential and addictive. The result of this ambitious venture, for those who have already experienced navigating the web pages of edge.org, is not only brilliant, but addictive. It interprets, it interrogates, it provokes. Each text can be a world in itself."


SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

"Brockman's seeds of a new intellectualism have bloomed in the culture of ideas that has become so popular in the past years in the pages of magazines such as Atlantic and New Yorker, in numerous nonfiction bestsellers, or in the various incarnations of the TED conference...Edge has remained one of the purest outlets of intellectual thought on the Web. 


EL MUNDO

"...a wonderful opportunity to savor the thoughts of many top scientists and thinkers of the world."


THE BOSTON GLOBE

"If you want to increase the intellectual heft of your reading while keeping it entertaining..."


VOZPÓPULI

"Edge...the most useful space at the moment for anyone who wants to peer into the flowering of the most advanced human thought...a surprising territory where one finds, in rigorous disarray, the vanguard of scientific knowledge.


THE INDEPENDENT

"This inspired idea on the Edge website has led to this fabulous book—a mine of accessible science that is food for mind and soul. A real must-read."


SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

"Edge has worked against the reciprocal ignorance of literary cultures and sciences of each other. Successfully. If you take the algorithms developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, which measure the value of links, Edge's website ranks seven on a global scale of ten. The New York Times ranks nine, eBay at eight." 


FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

"Thrilling ... Everything is permitted, and nothing is excluded from this intellectual game."


NEW SCIENTIST

"The trick, of course, is to get the question just right so that the great and good - and the wannabes - feel compelled to play what is often the smartest game in town."


THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Offers a rare chance to discover big ideas before they hit the mainstream." 

 


CANBERRA TIMES

"The most stimulating English-language reading to be had from anywhere in the world."


BOOKLIST

"The enticing collections roll in with impressive frequency (from) edge.org, a world-renowned online science salon … any curious reader can benefit from and be enthralled by Brockman's stimulating, jargon-free Edge books."


THE GUARDIAN 

[IAN MCEWAN:] "The internet has created sites like John Brockman's wonderful edge.org, where it's possible for laymen to sit in on conversations between scientists. And when scientists have to address each other out of their specialisms they have to speak plain English, they have to abandon their jargons, and we're the beneficiaries of that."


VANITY FAIR

"The brightest minds in the known universe."


BRAIN PICKINGS

#1 (The 10 Best Psychology And Philosophy Books Of 2012"):  This Will Make You Smarter... a formidable anthology of our time’s biggest thinkers...The true gift of Brockman—is in acting as a potent rupture in the filter bubble of our curiosity, cross-pollinating ideas across a multitude of disciplines to broaden our intellectual comfort zones and, in the process, spark a deeper, richer, more dimensional understanding not only of science, but of life itself."

 


CHOSUN.COM

"John Brockman's..is an architect and impresario of 'scientific ideas' who has taken scientists out of their usual territory, and secured for them a global role as the most highly recognized thinkers in the society of informed intellectuals. "


SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"The world's finest minds have responded with some of the most insightful, humbling, fascinating confessions and anecdotes, an intellectual treasure trove. ... Best three or four hours of intense, enlightening reading you can do for the new year. Read it now."


THE TELEGRAPH

"Open-minded, free ranging, intellectually playful ... an unadorned pleasure in curiosity, a collective expression of wonder at the living and inanimate world ... an ongoing and thrilling colloquium."— Ian McEwan


BBC RADIO 4

"Fantastically stimulating...It's like the crack cocaine of the thinking world.... Once you start, you can't stop thinking about that question."

 

 

 


THE BOSTON GLOBE

"Astounding reading."


TORONTO STAR

"...the fascinating website edge.org."


VANITY FAIR

Where Brainiacs Rap About The Questions That Keep Them Up At Night...151 Of The Brightest Minds In The Known Universe...a provocative, wiz bang collection of essays.


THE INDEPENDENT

"The splendidly enlightened Edge website has rounded off each year of inter-disciplinary debate by asking its heavy-hitting contributors to answer one question. I strongly recommend a visit."


THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"A jolt of fresh thinking ...The answers address a fabulous array of issues. This is the intellectual equivalent of a New Year's dip in the lake - bracing, possibly shriek-inducing, and bound to wake you up."


THE DAILY BEAST

Intriguing...The ethos of the edge.org crowd is one of unapologetic sophistication; its mission is to bring cutting-edge thinkers together in an ongoing, open-ended conversation, where ideas can beget ideas.


THE TIMES

"Even the world’s best brains have to admit to being wrong sometimes: here, leading scientists respond to a new year challenge."


THE TELEGRAPH

"Provocative ideas put forward today by leading figures."


THE NEW YORK TIMES

"One of the most interesting stopping places on the Web."

THE BOSTON GLOBE

"For those seeking substance over sheen, the videos released at Edge.org hit the mark. [The] long-form interview videos are a deep-dive into the daily lives and passions of its subjects, and their passions are presented without primers or apologies. The decidedly noncommercial nature of Edge's offerings, and the egghead imprimatur of the Edge community, lend its videos a refreshing air, making one wonder if broadcast television will ever offer half the off-kilter sparkle of their salon chatter."


SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

"'Life: What A Concept' was one of those memorable events that people in years to come will see as a crucial moment in history. After all, it's where the dawning of the age of biology was officially announced."


ARTS & LETTERS DAILY

"The greatest virtual research university in the world."


LA VANGUARDIA

"Audacious and stimulating."


SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

"What's the big idea?...When the lightbulb above your head is truly incendiary."


THE SUNDAY TIMES

"Brilliant... a eureka moment at the edge of knowledge, as scientists ponder the imponderable. ... A website that will expand your mind."


THE GUARDIAN

"...fascinating and provocative reading."


LA STAMPA

"Brockman is a kind of thinker that does not exist in Europe."


THE TIMES

"If you think the web is full of trivial rubbish, you will find the intellectual badinage of edge.org to be a blessed counterpoint."


FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

"These are thoughts to make jaws drop."


THE DAILY MAIL

"Uplifting ...enthralling."


THE AGE

"Full of fascinating discussion ... deep thinking."

 


THE CHARLOTTE NEWS & OBSERVER

"As in the past, these world-class thinkers have responded to  impossibly open-ended questions with erudition, imagination and clarity."


TORONTO STAR

"Answers ring like scientific odes to uncertainty, humility and doubt; passionate pleas for critical thought in a world threatened by blind convictions."


O'REILLY'S RADAR

"A remarkable feast of the intellect... an amazing group of reflections on science, culture, and the evolution of ideas. Reading the Edge question is like being invited to dinner with some of the most interesting people on the planet."


EL MUNDO

"A great event in the Anglo-Saxon culture."


EVENING STANDARD

"Danger — brilliant minds at work... exhilarating, hilarious, and chilling."


SUNDAY HERALD

"A selection of the most explosive ideas of our age."


THE GUARDIAN

"Scientific pipedreams at their very best."


THE TIMES

"Wonderful reading."


THE TELEGRAPH

"Strangely addictive."


THE INDEPENDENT

"As fascinating and weighty as one would imagine...I strongly recommend a visit to anyone who feels browbeaten by fans of that over-rated virtue: mere consistency. "


THE GUARDIAN

"They are the intellectual elite, the brains the rest of us rely on to make sense of the universe and answer the big questions. But in a refreshing show of new year humility, the world's best thinkers have admitted that from time to time even they are forced to change their minds."


THE SCOTSMAN    

"Praised by everyone from the Guardian, Prospect magazine, Wired, the New York Times and BBC Radio 4, Edge is an online collective of deep thinkers. Their contributors aren't on the frontier, they are the frontier."


THE INDEPENDENT

"He (Ian McEwan) loves the spirited playfulness evident in places such as John Brockman's celebrated website Edge, where "neuroscientists might talk to mathematicians, biologists to computer-modelling experts", and in an accessible, discipline-crossing language that lets us all eavesdrop.


THE IRISH TIMES

"edge.org"...has established itself as a major force on the intellectual scene in the US and as required reading for humanities heads who want to keep up to speed with the latest in science and technology."


SEED

"Brilliant ... captivating ... overwhelming."


NEW SCIENTIST

"Crystal Ball for Star Intellectuals: a stellar cast of intellectuals ... a stunning array of responses."


THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"An array of Nobel laureates, professors, Pulitzer Prize winners and bestselling authors ... in this impressive book."


NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE

"For an exceptionally high quotient of interesting ideas to words, this is hard to beat. ...What a feast of egg-head opinionating!"


IL GIORNALE

"The coolest online forum? One where scientists and great minds from all over the world exchange opinions and ideas, and the one that keeps the scientific debate alive? Almost certainly, it's edge.org, an American website whose most ardent supporters ... are changing the present vision of the universe. This where you’ll run into debates that count."

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CHARLESTON CITY PAPER

"Edge and the Edge Reality Club, a kind of scientist’s salon, is doing wonders for advancing the national conversation about science and scientific thinking."


O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

Persuasively upbeat.


THE INDEPENDENT

"There is much in many of these brief essays to astonish, to be appalled at, to mull over or to wish for...Most of them are vitally engaging to anyone with an ounce of interest in matters such as being or whatever."


CANBERRA TIMES

"There is much in many of these brief essays to astonish, to be appalled at, to mull over or to wish for...Most of them are vitally engaging to anyone with an ounce of interest in matters such as being or whatever."


THE HINDU

"Recommended read to detox a tired mind."


DISCOVER

"...reads like an intriguing dinner party conversation among great minds in science."


SKETPICAL INQUIRER

"Intellectual and creative magnificence."


SEED

"An unprecedented roster of brilliant minds, the sum of which is nothing short of visionary."


THE  OBSERVER

"The most rarefied of chatrooms, has its premises on www.edge.org. Eavesdropping is fun. Ian McEwan, one of the few novelists who has contributed to Edge's ongoing debates, suggests that the project is not so far removed from the 'old Enlightenment dream of a unified body of knowledge, when biologists and economists draw on each other's concepts and molecular biologists stray into the poorly defended territory of chemists and physicists'."


THE SUNDAY TIMES

"Brilliant! Stimulating reading for anyone seeking a glimpse into the next decade."


THE INDEPENDENT

"Sparky and provoking ... radiates bright ideas."


LA STAMPA

"A running fire of a provocative and fascinating thesis."


SCIENCE

"A peerage culture, a peerage that network technology encouraged."


THE GUARDIAN

"A stellar cast of thinkers tackles the really big questions facing scientists."

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THE TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

"It is like having a front-row seat at the ultimate scientific seminar series."

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KANSAS CITY STAR

"A fascinating site."


THE COURIER-MAIL

"Fascinating...a lot of fun."


AMERICAN SCIENTIST

"Fascinating and thought-provoking ...wonderful, intelligent."


THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Today's visions of science tomorrow."


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

"You can improve your own science education at www.edge.org."

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SONNTAGESZEITUNG.CH

"Clever minds debate on Edge about God and the world: what life is, what will result from global warming, or what the most recent discoveries in immunology research tell us. It is almost as colorful as the days of Louis XVI, when philosophers, writers, and political thinkers disputed one another in Parisian living rooms— and prepared the way for revolution."


WIRED

"Awesome indie newsletter with brilliant contributors."

 


THE SUNDAY TIMES

"Websites of the year ... Inspired Arena...the world's foremost scientific thinkers."


ARTS & LETTERS DAILY

"Deliciously creative...the variety astonishes...intellectual skyrockets of stunning brilliance. Nobody in the world is doing what Edge is doing."


PROSPECT

"A marvellous showcase for the Internet, it comes very highly recommended."


MERCURY NEWS

"Profound, esoteric and outright entertaining."


THE GUARDIAN

"A terrific, thought provoking site."


THE NEW YORK TIMES

"....a fascinating survey of intellectual and creative wonders of the world ... Thoughtful and often surprising ...reminds me of how wondrous our world is." — Bill Gates, Column


WIRED  

"One of the Net's most prestigious, invitation-only free trade zones for the exchange of potent ideas."


TIME OUT

"Edge proves that shopping and fucking are hardly the only reasons people go online.."


SALON

"An enjoyable read."


WIRED

"A-list: Dorothy Parker's Vicious Circle without the food and alcohol ... a brilliant format."


NEW SCIENTIST

"Big, deep and ambitous questions... breathtaking in scope."


THE ATLANTIC

"Has raised electronic discourse on the Web to a whole new level."


THE INDEPENDENT

"Lively, sometimes obscure and almost always ambitious."


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