What makes a super-genius?
A short voyage through Arrow's impossibility theorem, and what it means for self-government.
We're used to lies in politics, but nonsense is another matter, and perhaps the worst gob of nonsense today is our set of beliefs surrounding the People.
Professionals need standards, and for Science the most important standard of all is Peer Review.
Over 200 years of meteoric technological progress seem to have given way to stagnation. Might energy play a part in the story?
In one of his first published speeches, America's indispensable man warned us about the "mobocratic spirit."
You probably haven't heard of America's best public high school, named after the father of information theory.
How would the electoral map look if we measured non-voters as well? And what does it mean for democracy?
Victor Hugo once wrote that fashions have done more harm than revolutions. In public matters today, nothing is so fashionable as ignoring fiscal policy.
The Hippocratic oath is one of the oldest codes of professional ethics, and one of its central principles is non-maleficence: first do no harm. But non-maleficence carries a cost.
If you speak to anyone involved in publicly funded research (except a university provost) you will hear a ready opinion on its dysfunction.