The Human Factor
May 16, 2012
Science, like art, is a human expression. Roald Hoffmann has given a great deal of thought to how to convey this truth, which lies at the heart of the
Are You Dead Yet?
May 15, 2012
In The Undead, Dick Teresi abdicates his role as an objective narrator. He accuses the medical profession of sloppiness in the way it determines death
May 14, 2012
Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court’s decision striking down state statutes that criminalized gay sex was a constitutional landmark, and will remain
May 10, 2012
The proper way to understand Salafism, Laurent Bonnefoy maintains, is not through the prism of the nation-state, but by understanding how a transnatio
Tailey, Twirley, Loopey
May 09, 2012
Henry Hitchings’s new book points out all of the ideological pitfalls of debating language use, and he takes pains to avoid falling into them himself.
DaVinci's Ghost (A Response)
May 08, 2012
I was flattered to read Hannah Brooks-Motl’s recent review of my book Da Vinci’s Ghost and am grateful for the kinds things she had to say about it. Her general criticisms seem fair enough to me, although I don’t necessarily agree with them all. But could I correct just a few factual errors, since they might mislead people about the nature of my work?