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.
Neuroscientist Erich Jarvis discusses how the brain circuitry for vocal learning in songbirds and humans evolved from systems for controlling body movements and why so few species have this ability.
Federico Ardila on the joys and challenges of teaching math and helping students find their mathematical voice.
Rebecca Goldin explains why quantitative literacy is so important.
Nigel Goldenfeld explains how condensed matter physics provides insights into the collective state of early life on Earth.