THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking.Edited by John Brockman. Harper Perennial, paper, $15.99.

[ Sun. Aug. 5. 2012 ]

Delving into this book is like overhearing a heated conversation in a lab. It captures the preoccupations of top scientists and offers a rare chance to discover big ideas before they hit the mainstream.