By Tim Adams 6.30.2007
Some people would suggest that Natalie Angier’s enlightenment utopia, in which everyone might one day agree on the fundamentals of the universe, the beautiful basics, is a false ideal; the mass has always believed in mumbo-jumbo. One of these people is John Brockman. Brockman has probably done more than anyone to break down CP Snow’s cultural divide. He is the PT Barnum of popular science, a great huckster of ideas.
"Brockman has probably done more than anyone to break down CP Snow's cultural divide. He is the PT Barnum of popular science, a great huckster of ideas."
By Salvador Pániker 9.14.2005
Some call it the "third culture" in reference to a necessary path capable of integrating literary and scientific wisdom. And that renews the repertoire of classic humanism.
"Like a lot of successful salesmen, part of his secret is that he is interested in people for their own sake as well as for what they can do for him, and can study them with extraordinary concentration..."
By Andrew Brown 4.30.2005
The son of a Boston wholesale flower seller, he adapted his father's business methods in his work as a pop publicist and management consultant. He went on to become a successful literary agent, specialising in top science writers and — with an online 'intellectual salon' — building a reputation as a tireless promoter of influential ideas.