• π-Eyed for the Raddest Ratio

    Each year in March, the third month, on this 14th day, at precisely 1:59:26 p.m., number nerds gather around the world in celebration of the beloved mathematical constant π: 3.1415926…

  • Barcoding Life

    Identifying each of the 15 million or so species on the planet may seem an impossible task. Can a genetic shortcut developed by a Canadian scientist do the job in mere decades?

  • Cubic Connection

    The Princeton mathematician John Conway navigated a Friday-morning rush hour through Grand Central Station clutching a plastic shopping bag filled with the New York Times, blank pages for mathematical doodling, and a custom-made cubic puzzle.

  • The Analogical Scientist

    The poet Jan Zwicky once wrote, “Those who think metaphorically are enabled to think truly because the shape of their thinking echoes the shape of the world.”

  • Thank Einstein Almighty, They are Free at Last

    Two high-powered Princeton mathematicians spend their days kicking around ideas pretty much as they choose. For the past 10 years, they have been chipping away at one idea in particular: the notion of free will.