A fascinating new theory of the history of life on Earth. The mathematics of juggling. New experiments suggest that simple models can explain the behavior of thousands of interacting organisms. Can a mind can be located outside of the head? Chris Ware on Saul Steinberg's view of the world. Where oil rigs go to die. The world is running out of sand. The quantum thermodynamics revolution. Kevin Kelly on the myth of a superhuman AI. Tim Parks on the pleasures of pessimism. And Alex Tizon writes about his family's slave.
Where have all the insects gone? Why Amazon is eating the world. Listeners prefer new violins and are unable to distinguish between new and old Italian violins. Review of Empire of Things by Frank Trentmann. On the work of the American architect Louis Kahn. Using homes as ATMs, not homebuying fervor, was to blame for the housing crisis. Cosmic inflation theory faces challenges. Two interesting books about owls. An amazing dinosaur find. And an interactive map of major sites around the world where fossils have been found.
Some thoughts about Comme des Garçons, tying together France’s various social problems in a coherent narrative, negative mass, how lizards get their spots and why shoelaces fail
The recently opened Winton Gallery at the London Science Museum houses the museum's mathematics gallery.
For such a small price, I buy tranquillity or How to be a stoic. An essay about Heiner Müller. On the romantic fiction of a world without money. Claudio Borio on financial cycles, secular stagnation and monetary policy. Photos of ice fishermen along the route of the river Ishim in Kazakhstan. And Sylvia Serfaty talks about mathematics, truth and beauty.