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Bird Brains

The hidden life, and surprising depth, of the avian mind.

Oct 21, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 07 • By DAVID GUASPARI

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'Portrait of Fra Luca Pacioli with a student' by Jacapo de' Barbari (1495)

Here's Looking at Euclid

Why geometry matters in the life of the mind.

Feb 18, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 22

New York Yankees

Yanks Are Coming

Two ways of looking at our most successful baseball club.

Jul 23, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 42

Photo of Groucho Marx

Hee Hee=MC2

A postmortem on humor kills the joke.

Apr 9, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 29

Photo of Sponge Bob

SpongeBob 101

The philosophical approach to high and low culture.

Nov 14, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 09

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth

Their conflict and harmony in the life of Galileo.

Jan 31, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 19

Republicans in Ithaca

Republicans in Ithaca

The few, the proud . . .

Sep 20, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 01

Rough Diamonds

Rough Diamonds

How baseball was played in the late 20th century.

Jul 26, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 42

Homage to Patagonia

Homage to Patagonia

High adventure at the bottom of the world.

Jan 25, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 18

Sacred Division

The nature of numbers raises questions of divinity.

Sep 14, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 48

It's Probably True

What are the chances of great minds thinking alike?

Jun 22, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 38

We're Not Laughing

Two political scientists are stranded on an island .  .  .

Jan 19, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 17

Light on the Subject

How mathematics can explain reflection and refraction.

Oct 6, 2008, Vol. 14, No. 04

Balancing Act

Symmetry is more than a mathematician's conceit.

May 12, 2008, Vol. 13, No. 33

Numbers of Sides

'Many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse,' and beyond.

Feb 25, 2008, Vol. 13, No. 23

Where the Auction Is

The game of bridge and the human condition.

Dec 24, 2007, Vol. 13, No. 15

Balancing Act

The Enormous Theorem and the jigsaw of numbers.

Mar 19, 2007, Vol. 12, No. 26

Visions of Infinity

A mathematical voyage brought Kurt Gödel to the shores of madness.

Jun 19, 2006, Vol. 11, No. 38

Life Scrutonized

The hard-won faith of a modern philosopher.

Apr 3, 2006, Vol. 11, No. 27

"Picture" Perfect

Randall Jarrell's classic novel of academic life.

Dec 5, 2005, Vol. 11, No. 12

Fighting for Philosophy

When Ludwig met Karl.

Apr 15, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 30

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