Archaeologists worry that a museum exhibition will encourage exploitation of priceless historical sites
The line between philosophy and the arts can get awfully blurry
Letters to the editor from the October 2016 issue of Scientific American
MythBusters and Vsauce stars Adam Savage and Michael Stevens weigh in on the role of their new show in communicating science
Who yields to whom in the meeting of umbrellas on a city sidewalk?
Pulitzer Prize–winning N.Y.U. historian David Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at the N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center, talks about his latest book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital ...
Large group meals that are sponsored and produced by specific individuals are a luxury—both in terms of the foods that are served in these settings and the event itself—but they are also ripe with obligation. ...
Philosophers sometimes seem more concerned with winning than wisdom
Scientific American Mind weighs in on recent titles from neuroscience and psychology
Feldman creates mathematical models that reveal how cultural traditions can affect the evolution of a species...
The regularity of natural patterns can lead artists to use mathematical concepts in works of art
Philosophy can still serve many purposes, even if it can’t compete with science as a method of accumulating knowledge
Books and recommendations from Scientific American
Barbara Kiser, books and arts editor at Nature, talks about her favorite science books of 2016, especially three works about the little-known history of women mathematicians.
Book recommendations from Scientific American
That’s just one of the highlights from a new analysis of buzzworthy publications
The presidential election took center stage, but our readers were also fascinated by everything from particle physics and rage disorder to autism in girls and the polar vortex
Letters to the editor from the September 2016 issue of Scientific American
A winter solstice ritual helps a faithless science writer appreciate life’s infinite improbability
Sending written holiday greetings is not a new tradition. Holiday cards are new, however. Where did this practice come from and why does it persist?