The Most Punctual Man in India

For Gandhi, punctuality was a moral imperative. His watch, which ruled his day, stopped at 5:13 p.m. on January 30, 1948. Gandhi was dead…
For Gandhi, punctuality was a moral imperative. His watch, which ruled his day, stopped at 5:13 p.m. on January 30, 1948. Gandhi was dead… [More]

Topless cellist

One night in 1967, concertgoers packed a small venue in New York City. The performer, a cellist, wore a football helmet, jersey, and nothing else…
One night in 1967, concertgoers packed a small venue in New York City. The performer, a cellist, wore a football helmet, jersey, and nothing else… [More]

Greatness of Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin averaged four poems a year. “Silence is preferable to publishing rubbish,” he said, “and far better for one’s reputation”…
Philip Larkin averaged four poems a year. “Silence is preferable to publishing rubbish,” he said, “and far better for one’s reputation”… [More]

Retraction war

In effectively policing science, retraction is both too powerful and too mild. Errors continue to obfuscate facts…
In effectively policing science, retraction is both too powerful and too mild. Errors continue to obfuscate facts… [More]

Henry Ford of Books: James Patterson

For James Patterson – 305 million books in print, 24-book contract – writer’s block is never a problem. “I look at it the way Henry Ford would look at it”…
For James Patterson – 305 million books in print, 24-book contract – writer’s block is never a problem. “I look at it the way Henry Ford would look at it”… [More]

World still loves Shakespeare

Shakespeare scholars are a fractious bunch, but when it comes to explaining his enduring appeal, the predominant answer has survived centuries of debate…
Shakespeare scholars are a fractious bunch, but when it comes to explaining his enduring appeal, the predominant answer has survived centuries of debate… [More]

Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama, post-structuralist? As a young man, he sat at the knees of Derrida, Lacan, Barthes before concluding, “This was total bullshit”…
Francis Fukuyama, post-structuralist? As a young man, he sat at the knees of Derrida, Lacan, Barthes before concluding, “This was total bullshit”… [More]

Age of the brain

Big brain projects – in the U.S., Europe, Japan – are generating loads of data but no solid theories about how neurons give rise to cognition…
Big brain projects – in the U.S., Europe, Japan – are generating loads of data but no solid theories about how neurons give rise to cognition… [More]

Thinkers and tinkerers

How innovation works. It’s not lone geniuses with brilliant insights, but collaboration and big ambitions…
How innovation works. It’s not lone geniuses with brilliant insights, but collaboration and big ambitions… [More]

Are Santa’s Elves Slaves?

Pity Santa’s elves. They work all year for a jolly but demanding boss who pays a pittance – or nothing at all – and hogs all the credit…
Pity Santa’s elves. They work all year for a jolly but demanding boss who pays a pittance – or nothing at all – and hogs all the credit… [More]