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For Pi Day: A Reminiscence on “The Death of Proof”*

For Pi Day: A Reminiscence on “The Death of Proof”*

In 1993, when I was a full-time staff writer for Scientific American, my boss, Jonathan Piel, asked, or rather, commanded me to write an in-depth feature on something, anything, mathematical...

March 14, 2015 — John Horgan

Hype of “Feel-Good Gene” Makes Me Feel Bad

In 1990 The New York Times published a front-page article by Lawrence Altman, a reporter with a medical degree, announcing that scientists had discovered “a link between alcoholism and a specific gene.” That was merely one in a string of reports in which the Times and other major media hyped what turned out to be [...]..

March 13, 2015 — John Horgan
How a Goshawk Scalped Me—Twice

How a Goshawk Scalped Me–Twice

A charming article about northern goshawks by James Gorman of the New York Times has dredged up a memory of my run-in with one of these fierce creatures.

March 2, 2015 — John Horgan
Can Faith and Science Coexist?

Can Faith and Science Coexist?

Last week I “debated” the question above at my school, Stevens Institute of Technology, in an event sponsored by the Christian group Veritas.

February 23, 2015 — John Horgan

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