Belief without proof, the book

Late last week I mentioned the fascinating question John Brockman posed to scientists at the Edge earlier this year: what do you believe that you cannot prove?

Now a book based on the responses is appearing in the U.K. (There’s a review up in the weekend’s Guardian.)

I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Still, assuming his response at the Edge site is a reliable preview, I’m disappointed that Ian McEwan wrote the introduction. His brief answer opens with apparent uncertainty but ends up being as self-congratulatory and didactic as the early pages of Saturday. (John Banville’s assessment of McEwan’s latest novel: “Saturday has the feel of a neoliberal polemic gone badly wrong.”)

A new Edge question will be out in early 2006.


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