Rick Knowlton on Chess History


Chess: it's the game of kings. For millennia it has preoccupied some of the greatest minds, taught discipline and focus, and even inspired great art.

Da Vinci's Genome


Jesse Ausubel wants to understand the original Renaissance man by unlocking his genome. If he succeeds, it could revolutionize several fields in science and elsewhere.

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Fear of Nothing

An Interview with Erica Jong


The legendary author and social critic takes on modern America.

The Da Vinci Code


We might be closer than ever to understanding what made the original Renaissance man such a genius.

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You Should Know Better

An Interview with Tom Nichols


Respect for expertise seems to be at a historical nadir. How to combat the plague of low information? Tom Nichols has the answer.

Mind Over Matter


The hotly debated topic of artificial intelligence seems to stir up either a pie-eyed optimism or an almost religious impulse to doomsay.

The King and Us


Cyrus II did protect his subjects' rights -- but not for the reason you may think.