Books that inspire us: 'That explains it all', by John Brockman

How difficult it is to choose the most round idea, concept or adage, which encompasses a greater amount of explanation and clarification. And even more difficult it is to choose it according to its extension, being the smaller extension better than the great extension. What idea to choose? And, above all, how to summarize it so that it does not look like a prayer of a paremiology addict, a cheap aphorism, or a typical message of a fortune cookie.

All these problems are solved comfortably in That explains everything. Beautiful, deep and elegant ideas of how the world works. An edition run by John brockman and that it has been good to choose some of the most important alphanumeric researchers, disseminators and intellectuals in the world to offer separately the best idea, which we should all print on a t-shirt (and, possibly, that fits in the facts of a T-shirt).

Hundreds of ideas

Jared Diamond About biological electricity. Nassim Nicholas Taleb About positive stress Steven Pinker on the deep genetic roots of the human conflict. Richard Dawkins About pattern recognition. The Nobel Prize in Physics Frank Wilczek About simplicity. Lisa Randall about the Higgs mechanism. Brian Eno On the limits of intuition. Richard Thaler About the power of commitment. And so up to a hundred intellectuals whose books, almost all, we have come to recommend in these parts on more than one occasion.

It is interesting to verify, then, that one can read the book by the chapter it deems appropriate. Each chapter, an idea. Each idea hardly has the extension of a couple of pages, although there are four pages and also a paragraph. The most repeated idea: evolution and / or natural selection.

In short, a book necessary to illuminate all kinds of ideas, whether they are known or not, with the aim of being succinct or oblique, in order to extrapolate this idea to many other areas of knowledge. And, therefore, it has been a source of inspiration for some articles in Xataka Science, such as:

-Most of the matter in our brain is dark

- Are societies where more left-handed people live more violent?

These pages cover the most fascinating issues of humanity, from the electron to the universe: birds as direct descendants of dinosaurs, the missing link, germs that cause disease, entropy, why the sun shines, why some sea turtles migrate If beauty is true, the limits of our rationality, what are the metaphors or the origin of money, among many topics.