A new law of human travel. The NFT art market. mRNA vaccines for other diseases. What to do with dead car batteries? The future of fracking. Chernobyl again. 52 fragrances and how to think about them. Michel Foucault. Adam Curtis. Carlo Rovelli. And more.
Adding is favoured over subtracting in problem solving. What’s next for physics’ standard model? Large-scale origami. Maxwell’s demon. The hidden groundwater crisis. Van Gogh’s letters. Stephen Hawking. Ted Chiang. Jenny Erpenbeck. And more.
Dance, property rights, copyright protection and the commons. What is life? Is philosophy an art? Readers relationship with fictional characters. The 2021 Abel Prize. The dental cold sensing system. Protons. Imaginary numbers. Jean-Luc Nancy. Philip Roth. Tove Ditlevsen. Ernst Cassirer. And more.
Against relevance in art. Dust from space. Black Holes. Bird cognition. Brutalism. Jeff Koons teaches art and creativity. A brief cultural history of arm chairs and rocking chairs. Jürgen Habermas. Federico Fellini. Georges Perec. And more.
A selection of the best books I read this year, including best art and architecture, best book by Ali Smith and most disappointing.
The limits of quantum physics. A seemingly simple math problem. The universal geometry of geology. The social life of forests. An information theory of individuality. The black hole information paradox. Neutral theory. The year in science. Jürgen Habermas. Manet. Virginia Woolf. Paul Celan and more.
Georges Perec. Keith Jarrett. Bruce Nauman. Kei Ninomiya. Barbara Kruger. Hokusai. Ed van der Elsken. Six degrees of climate emergency. China after covid. And more.
The scandal of our drug supply. Andreas Reckwitz on the corona crisis. The scientific method. What trade wars tell us. Paul McCarthy. Tacita Dean. Leila Slimani. Michelangelo. The Magh Mela. And more.