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Paris Review - Storytelling: An Exchange

Malcolm Gladwell & Michael Lewis<p>Issue 222, Fall 2017<p>Michael Lewis (left) and Malcolm Gladwell onstage at the 92nd Street Y, New York, 2016<p><i>Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis met in the early nineties, when both were reporting for the</i> New Republic<i>. Since then, they have gone on to write some of the</i> …

Info Tech of Ancient Democracy

Info Tech of Ancient Athenian Democracy<br>By Julian Dibbell<p>1) Introduction<br>2) The Technology of Allotment<br>3) The Technology of Identification<br>4) The …

My Family’s Slave

She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本 (Chinese) | Basahin ang artikulong ito sa Tagalog (Tagalog)<p>Alex Tizon passed away in March. He was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the author …

Parenting

How Aristotle Created the Computer

The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world.<p>THE HISTORY Of computers is often told as a history of objects, from the abacus to the Babbage engine up through the code-breaking machines of World War II. In fact, it is better understood as a …

Mathematics

The Great A.I. Awakening

<b>Prologue: You Are What You Have Read</b><p>Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling in on social media. Apparently Google …

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

The First World War: a complete timeline

THE OPENING SHOTS: AUG - SEP 1914<p><b>August 4-25, 1914: German invasion of Belgium</b><p>German troops captured most of Belgium, including the fortress of Liège, with the Belgians losing 30,000 men and the Germans just 2,000.<p><b>August 7-25, 1914: Battle of the Frontiers</b><p>The French Plan XVII called for an …

David Tennant explains Einstein’s general theory of relativity

Explaining scientific concepts like string theory to non-science geeks can sometimes be difficult. Any little bit of help in the way of analogies or …

Physics

Can India have a scientific revolution?

My scientific education as a teenager began sometime in the ’80s in Jaipur. It could have been the day my father bought me an electronics hobby kit …

Foreign Policy

The best history podcasts

<i>Updated on 3rd December</i><p><b>A History of the World in 100 Objects</b><p>With Neil MacGregor’s excellent <b>Germany: Memories of a Nation</b> having recently finished on Radio 4, listeners already missing the Director of the British Museum’s erudite radio presence may be pleased to learn that his 2010 magnum opus - a …

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this word was rarely heard outside the plains of north India until the late 18th century, when it suddenly became a common term across Britain. …

India

The day Israel saw Shoah

Outside it was burningly hot, the skies clear blue. But inside there was only darkness. For the next nine and a half hours, in the Jerusalem Cinematheque, they would sit, rapt and in silence, through Shoah, the film made by the French director Claude Lanzmann, which was already being garlanded by …

Israel

Hear Orson Welles’ Iconic War of the Worlds Broadcast (1938)

One night in October of 1938, listeners tuned into CBS radio to hear a piece of radio theater (listen below) so frightening and, for its time, …

Benedict Anderson, Man Without a Country

Benedict Anderson, who died yesterday at age 79 in Malang, Indonesia, is internationally famous for his 1983 book <i>Imagined Communities</i>, far and away …

Einstein’s general theory of relativity

ONE hundred years ago, on November 25th 1915, Albert Einstein presented his freshly finished general theory of relativity to the Prussian Academy of …

The grammar of anarchy

As much defence as could be offered to the Constitution has been offered by my friends Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Ayyar and Mr T T Krishnamachari, I …

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100,000 Stars

The <b>Sun</b> is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic …

Magnetism

Ramanujan surprises again

A fascinating discovery sheds new light on the work of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.Ramanujan's manuscript. The representations of …

The Most Misread Poem in America

By David Orr September 11, 2015<p>On Poetry<p><i>Everyone knows Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”—and almost everyone gets it wrong.</i><p>Frost in 1913.<p><i>From</i> The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong, <i>a new book by David Orr.</i><p>A young man hiking through a forest …

Literature

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, …

Chicory and the South Indian

As RK Narayan once said, I never tire writing about coffee. This is perhaps my fourth article on the subject, but this time it is about an adulterant …

Paul Ford: What Is Code? | Bloomberg

Remember Netscape, the first huge commercial Web browser? In 1995, as Java was blooming, Netscape was resolving a problem. It displayed Web pages …

JavaScript

The Walking Dead

_This is the third piece in a three-part series on sleep. Read part one, on falling asleep, and part two, on sleeping and dreaming. _<p>Did you get enough sleep last night? Are you feeling fully awake, like your brightest, smartest, and most capable self? This, unfortunately, is a pipe dream for the …

Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four

In defence of good grief

Recently a scarlet tanager flew by the terrace, and I jumped up to phone my father. Only to stop short as I remembered, with abiding disbelief, that …

The ambiguous economics of Net neutrality

The raging debate on Net neutrality can be enriched with a dose of economics.<p>One useful starting point is the pioneering work on platform markets by …