Edward O. Wilson, professor emeritus at Harvard University, is the influential naturalist and evolutionary theorist who introduced the concept of “sociobiology,” as well as one of the world’s leading experts on ants. Here, he explains the relevance of evolved insect behaviors to human nature.
Stem cell researcher Renee Reijo Pera of Montana State University explains how the timing of developmental events in the early embryo can subtly affect health many years later.
Tomas Bohr explains the significance of the double-slit experiment in exposing the weirdness of the quantum world.
Rosaly Lopes explains why it’s worth exploring the huge variety of volcanoes on other worlds.
Akshay Venkatesh on his mathematical working style, which took him many years to discover.
Constantinos Daskalakis on why he studies the interface between theoretical computer science and human behavior.
Birkar discusses the need for originality in mathematics and in life.
Figalli explains how physical intuition can play a key role — but not the only role — in mathematical thinking.