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.
Das Virus ändert alles, aber es ändert sich nichts. Gerhard Richter: Painting After All. The environmental price of fast fashion. Sword-wielding scientists. Commuting: an opportunity for role transitions. Animal emotions. Cirque du Soleil. Michel Houellebecq. Igor Levit. Ariane Mnouchkine. And more.
Human brain activity during memory. Is barbarism with a human face our fate? A reality check on big data. Is it worth the effort? Neuroscience needs new ideas. Insights into human genetic variation. A 3400 year old ballgame court. Julia Kristeva. Umberto Eco. Igor Levit. Jürgen Habermas. And more.
Merce Cunningham in words and images. The pace of modern culture. Karl Ove Knausgaard profiles Anselm Kiefer. Ant colonies. The long road to fairer algorithms. Marie NDiaye. How big law makes big money. Why fossil fuel produces subsidies matter. The decline of Hong Kong. And more.
A time to fast. Why the laws of physics are inevitable. Emotion semantics show both cultural variation and universal structure. Scale-free networks well done. What’s next for social priming? Roberto Saviano. Liu Cixin. Prehistoric art. Best of 2019. And more.
Martin Scorsese on why Marvel movies aren’t cinema. Deep sleep. An interview with Nabokov. Who needs literature? The world in a song. Aesthetic judgment is autocorrelated. Insect decline. Religion and global psychological variation. AI. Generating new ideas. Moles. Dogs. Fairies. And more.
Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write a great scientific paper. Photos of mathematicians’ blackboards. Category Theory. Footnotes to Plato. Curation as creation. Language, AI and the brain. Natural Selection. An octopus changing colour while sleeping. The tragedy of Kashmir. And more.
Bloomberg special issue on the periodic table and the elements. Machine behaviour. A day in the life of a tree. Excerpt from The Understory. The insect apocalypse is driven by a 50x increase in toxic pesticides. If Sapiens were a blog post. J.M Coetzee on Australia’s shame. Mosquitoes. And more.
Dancing with the ancients. The number of roles in theatre plays has decreased over time. How digital advertising markets really work. Time is running out for sand. Deep learning has a terrible carbon footprint. The first humans to reach the Americas. Pentaquarks. Extremophiles. Sloths. And more.
Why science needs philosophy. What are the limits of deep learning? In defence of the black box. Cats know their names. Using physics to make sense of the brain's tangled networks. Stadium shows in the age of mechanical reproduction. The new physics needed to probe the origins of life. And more.