David Kaplan explains why a simple definition of ‘species’ is hard to come by.

What Is a Species?

David Kaplan explains why a simple definition of ‘species’ is hard to come by.


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In Theory

Journey to the Birth of the Solar System

Join David Kaplan on a virtual-reality tour showing how the sun, the Earth and the other planets came to be.

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Tim Maudlin: A Defense of the Reality of Time

Tim Maudlin explains how math has led physicists to believe some very strange things about the nature of time.

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John Novembre: A Map of Human History, Hidden in DNA

John Novembre explains how he uses genomic data to map human history.

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Sharon Glotzer: ‘Digital Alchemist’ Seeks Rules of Emergence

Sharon Glotzer explains how emergence, entropy and order can all fit together.

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Sylvia Serfaty: In Mathematics, ‘You Cannot Be Lied To’

Sylvia Serfaty explains why you don’t have to be a genius to become a mathematician.

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Francis Su: Math and the Good Life

Francis Su explains how mathematics can help a person to live well.

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Francis Su: Math Is for Everybody

Francis Su discusses how the community of mathematicians tends to exclude certain people.

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Marcus Feldman: In Search of Actions That Alter Evolution

Marcus Feldman explains how he models the effects of a cultural preference — in this case, a preference for sons over daughters in China.

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Elena Aprile: In the Deep, a Drive to Find Dark Matter

Elena Aprile explains how she hunts for dark matter in the world’s largest underground laboratory.