• Maisonneuve, September 24, 2007

    Crises + Paradox = Revolution

    It’s lunchtime at the Black Hole Bistro, an in-house restaurant at Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics…

  • 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.”

  • The Globe and Mail, 2005

    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.

  • The Walrus, February/March 2004

    The Cosmic Geometer

    At math conferences all over the world, of late, mathematicians have been seen lingering in darkened lecture halls, peering at multi-media screens and sporting one-eye-red/one-eye-blue, 3-D glasses.

  • The Globe and Mail, August 16, 2003

    Strength in Numbers

    For most teenagers, being condemned to spend the summer doing math problems would be a special circle of hell. But for the gifted teens at the Canada/USA Mathcamp, it’s paradise — five weeks with 110 other nerds who love math’s ‘elegance, its beauty, its innumerable coincidences’

  • Canadian Geographic, September/October 2002

    Into the Hot Zone

    At the height of last fall’s anthrax scare, scientists at Canada’s new National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg came in to work to discover that the FBI had been calling. This was quite a thrill — in the way a grocer mounts his first dollar over the cash register.