A woman walks past a display at a bookstore in Beijing.
October 22, 2013 Also: the winners of the Whiting Awards were announced; Cheryl Strayed's memoir inspires other women to take to the Wild; and Dwight Garner on what makes a critic.
William Thomson Kelvin (1824 - 1907) who proposed the absolute or Kelvin temperature scale. He also established the second law of thermo-dynamics. He was brilliant. But he wasn't perfect.
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May 28, 2013 Mario Livio's new book profiles five brilliant scientists and thinkers who, despite their seminal contributions to our understanding of the world, were also wrong about some big questions. Commentator Adam Frank says Livio's engaging work highlights how the collective process that is science always gets it right in the end.
A zygote begins its journey to expression in the form of a human being.
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February 11, 2013 Conrad H. Waddington helped unite population genetics and developmental biology, laying the foundations for systems biology. Commentator Stuart Kauffman says Waddington was more than merely brilliant; he was human.
October 30, 2012 Can there be knowledge of right and wrong? Or is the idea that values can be the object of knowledge a grand illusion? Thomas Nagel, in his new book, comes down solidly on one side of this argument. Commentator Alva Noë weighs in with his thoughts.
February 12, 2012 Personally I plan on celebrating Darwin Day because when I contemplate the enormity of his insight into the physical world I am awed. But it's interesting to note that not everyone who feels that awe thinks there should be a "Darwin Day".
February 11, 2012 Sunday, February 12th is the 203rd anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Celebrations focus not only on Darwin's brilliant work but also on what we may learn about the world from science more generally.
January 18, 2012 Why do some many people have issues with evolution? Does it really need to threaten belief or are there ways of disentangling the two?
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