A science journalist walking through Lower Manhattan ponders the meaning of the Irish Hunger Memorial
Experts argue that proofs are doing fine, contrary to a controversial 1993 prediction of their impending demise...
Mathematicians take revenge on the author of a controversial article about proof by naming an object after him...
Cross-Check columns on poverty, inequality, racism, sexism and violence. Plus progress and Noam Chomsky
Nobel laureates, a new congresswoman and others urge raising taxes on the ultrawealthy to counter surging inequality...
The Pentagon is funding brain-implant research aimed at creating neurally “enhanced” soldiers
A new history of the U.S. traces mass media’s destabilizing effects back to the nation’s birth...
A science writer urges a progressive young congresswoman to lead a broad peace movement
Some sages say seeing things as they truly are should make us feel fantastic, but others demur
The care of people with dementia poses an agonizing philosophical dilemma
After a science writer kicks caffeine to reduce his anxiety, a wellness expert assures him that coffee is good for you...
Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, Martin Rees and others answer the question: What’s your utopia?...
A play dramatizes the deepest of all mysteries, the mind–body problem
A science writer struggles to stay upbeat in a troubled time
Physicists and others confront science’s limits
Prominent scientists exaggerate the violence of Native Americans, whom European invaders ravaged.
Books by physics titans Stephen Hawking and Martin Rees recall a bygone golden age, when science seemed capable of anything
The mystical doctrine of oneness has creepy implications
The great linguist and political critic remains hopeful that we can overcome global warming and other threats
Philosopher Tim Maudlin sees advances in free will, morality and the meaning of quantum mechanics