Important Things We (Still) Don't Know: About Nearly Everything That Matters
John E. Beerbower
An analytical and skeptical exploration of exceptional breadth, this book examines the range of what we call the sciences, revealing the important things that we still do not know about nearly everything that matters.
"The perspective of this book differs from that of most books that one would find in the popular science section of a library or bookshop. I do not undertake to surprise or educate the reader with examples of the marvelous discoveries of science and the amazing things that we have come to learn about the world around us. Instead, and of more importance, I try to show the reader what we do not know, illustrating both the scope and the depth of our ignorance. ...The point that I seek to establish in the following pages is that despite the astonishing achievements and practical consequences of technology, science has been remarkably unsuccessful. Upon a close examination, the lack of actual knowledge about and real understanding of the deeper fundamentals of reality are among the most striking and suprising characteristics of modern science."
John majored in economics at Amherst College, receiving a BA, summa cum laude, in 1970. He received his JD, magna cum laude, from The Harvard Law School in 1973. Following law school, he did post-graduate research at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College). In late 1974, John began a 37-year career as a commercial litigator with a major law firm in New York City. John retired from the practice of law in 2011, shortly thereafter, locating just outside of Cambridge, England, to utilize the facilities of the University while working on this book. In March 2015, however, John was diagnosed with ALS (motor neuron disease). As a result, he decided to return to the U.S. He settled in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, with his daughter Sarah and her two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, LeRoy and Zeva. His son John Eliot and daughter-in-law Megan, with his two grandchildren Hannah and Jeffery, live nearby.
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