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14 Epic Fantasy Series To Pick Up Instead Of Re-Reading 'Game Of Thrones'

Look, I love <i>Game of Thrones</i> as much as the next nerd<i>.</i> I am all about dragons, zombies, and dragon-zombies. But A Song of Ice and Fire is not the <i>only</i> …

Books

Must-read sci-fi fantasy novels for April

With so many releases each week, it can be really difficult to keep up with new books coming out. That's why I'm bringing you this preview …

Plan a Great Escape With All of the New Scifi and Fantasy Books in February

With actual news headlines looking more and more dystopian, there’s no better time to take a literary journey to an imaginary galaxy, parallel …

Top 10 2017 Science Fiction Novels I Want Now

2017 is here and, with it, new science fiction!<p>There are some great titles coming out this year. It is an exciting time for science fiction readers, …

Science Fiction

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming in 2017

Will 2017 be the year we finally get our mitts on <i>The Winds of Winter</i>? At this point, even Bran Stark’s third eye couldn’t see if the answer is “hell …

Best New Fantasy and Sci Fi Books to Read in December 2016

If you’re looking for a Holiday gift for the reader in your life, any of the books listed here would be an excellent choice.<p>This month’s list is a …

Science Fiction

The 20 Best Books from the Last Decade

Staying with the tomes can be intimidating. There are decades of backlogs people insist you need to read, with hundreds of new books being added …

11 science fiction adventures to escape into this Thanksgiving holiday

Here’s the scene: your family is coming in from all parts of the country for the big day. It’s great to see everyone, but you honestly would rather deal with them through Facebook this year. You need a quick and easy way to escape the crowd, so you power up your e-reader and jump into a new …

23 Books Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Recommends You Read

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, started a book club.<p>He ended up recommending and discussing 23 books with the group — about one every two weeks.<p>…

How Math Secretly Affects Your Life

I took a lot of math classes in college. I remember Professor Shlomo Sternberg getting up on the first day of his class and telling us we weren’t …

Mathematics

The Most Beautiful Theory: Physicist Carlo Rovelli on the Aesthetic Enchantment and Scientific Impact of Einstein’s Relativity

“Ever since we discovered that Earth is round… we have understood that reality is not as it appears to us: every time we glimpse a new aspect of it, it is a deeply emotional experience.”<p>In what remains the most beautiful love letter to the mesmerism of mathematics, James Joseph Sylvester wrote that …

Albert Einstein

Einstein’s Message to Posterity from the 1939 World’s Fair Time-Capsule

A piercing reminder of the choice that stands between the human capacities for good and evil.<p>In contemplating the brightest beacon of hope for the future of humanity amid hopeless violence, the great cellist Pau Casals called on us to “make this world worthy of its children.” A generation earlier, …

Albert Einstein

It's A Hot Year For Science Books

This is a very exciting year for books bringing science to the general public.<p>From timely topics like how science may illuminate our search for meaning to the search (and now discovery!) of gravitational waves, there is much to look forward to on the printed page. As books are published, we at <i>13.7</i> …

Physics

How An Anxious Space Geek Became Hollywood’s Most Unlikely Star

Last year, Andy Weir was a software engineer who wrote sci-fi in his free time. This week, one of those stories, The Martian, comes to life in Ridley Scott’s latest blockbuster.<p><b>Speaking at a spacious movie theater</b> in Southern California back in early August, Andy Weir found himself sharing the …

‘The Einstein Prophecy’ Author Robert Masello on the Atomic Bomb, Occultism, and History’s Biggest What If’s

When I'm in the mood for suspenseful tales of history, mysticism and hidden conspiracies, I go right to Robert Masello. His books, <i>The Romanov Cross</i>,</i> …

Books

My Favorite Physics Books of 2014

Sneaking in at the last couple of hours of 2014, here's the promised list of Jen-Luc Piquant's favorite popular physics books of 2014 -- although as …

Books

The year in reviews: Five books that stood out in 2014

One feature of the <i>Physics Today</i> Book Reviews section is its technical and topical diversity. Our content ranges from popularizations to advanced …

New mathematics gallery at the Science Museum – in pictures

Images from Zaha Hadid Architects explain its design for a £5m maths gallery at London’s Science Museum, due to open in 2016<p>Science Museum unveils design for ‘world’s foremost’ mathematics gallery

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Science Fiction

Cosmic Inflation Explained

Graphic Novels

The Miraculous in the Mundane: Richard Feynman Explains How Rubber Bands Work

When you see an ordinary rubber band stretched around and holding together a stack of stuff over a long period of time, you’re actually witnessing a miraculous force of physics at work — a perpetual pounding of the atoms as they struggle to hold these chains together against the outward push of the …

The Universal Shapes of Stories, According to Kurt Vonnegut

This visualization shows how fast you're spinning around Earth's axis

Data Visualization

​The original Snowpiercer comic is dystopian scifi at its best

Comics

The Comic Book Universe, Distilled in Infographics

Ever since the invention of ISOTYPE in the 1930s, infographics have emerged as the new language of the information age, employing visual minimalism to distill everything from British and American politics to the jazz scene of the Roaring Twenties to major movements in philosophy to pop culture and …

A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world's biggest cities

Infographic: What Beer and Coffee Do To Your Brain (And Which Makes You More Creative)

Beer and coffee have a certain yin-and-yang symmetry to them. For one thing, beer is mostly consumed at night, while coffee often starts the day. Rather, sometimes coffee is actually required to start the day specifically because beer was consumed the previous night. Both beverages have benefits …

Coffee

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The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

<i>The Simpsons</i> is arguably the most successful television show in history. Inevitably, its global appeal and enduring popularity have prompted …

Beauty of Mathematics

Philosopher Bertrand Russell once said that "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, …

Beauty