• The New Yorker, August 27, 2015

    Cogito, Ergo Summer

    Patrick Honner, a math teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School, arrived at a recent class seemingly unprepared. This was surprising, given that, days before, he had received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

  • Smithsonian, August 2009

    The Burgess Shale, Evolution’s Big Bang

    The fossil-hunting expedition began with a lung-busting hike, accompanied by an incessant ring-ding- ting-clank-clank-ring-ting-ding-clank.

  • The Globe and Mail, March 14, 2009

    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…

  • The New York Times, July 3, 2007

    It Will Take More Than a Wolf to Blow This House Down

    The hurricane season is now well under way, and as the buffer of El Niño rapidly retreats, the forecast is looking windy, with an estimated 17 “named storms” on the horizon of the Atlantic basin.

  • Canadian Geographic, March/April 2007

    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?

  • The Walrus, April 2007

    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 Toronto Star, July 30, 2006

    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.”