Learning Chess at 40
What I learned trying to keep up with my 4-year-old daughter at the royal game.
What an Extinct Bird Re-Evolving Says About “Species”
You may have heard the news of what sounds like a resurrection story on the small island of Aldabra, off the coast of Madagascar. Around 136,000 years ago, the island was submerged in water and a layer of limestone captured the rails—a species of flightless bird—living there. The birds (and all other land species living on the island) went extinct. Recently, though, scientists reported that the bones of these fossilized rails are virtually indistinguishable from rails living on the island today. They are calling this an instance of iterative evolution—where the same species evolves multiple, distinct times.
Why Water Is Weird
What makes water behave anomalously is the presence of a particular arrangement of the water’s molecules
Why the Flow of Time Is an Illusion
Getting human feeling to match the math is an ultimate goal in physics.
How to Get Close to a Black Hole
Want to understand the most mysterious object in the universe? Make one at home.
Empathy, Morality, Community, Culture—Apes Have It All
Primatologist Frans de Waal takes exception with human exceptionalism.
How to Improve Political Forecasts
With a better understanding of probability, we won’t be misled.
The Math That Takes Newton Into the Quantum World
How a math professor learned to stop worrying and love algebraic geometry