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Is Cosmos a "Piece of Light Verse" Tossed Off by a Bored God?

Last spring, I offered a harsh assessment of A Universe from Nothing (Free Press, 2012), in which physicist Lawrence Krauss proposed that physicists have finally, probably, maybe, sort of, answered The Question of All Questions: Why is there something rather than nothing?...

September 21, 2012 — John Horgan

Did the U.S. Overreact to the 9/11 Attacks?

Last year, on the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks by Al Qaeda on the United States, I posted a column arguing that the U.S. overreacted to these horrific acts of terrorism...

September 10, 2012 — John Horgan

How William Thurston (RIP) Helped Bring About "The Death of Proof"

William Thurston, who died on August 21 at the age of 65, would have hated this post's headline. Let me tell you why it's justified.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...

August 24, 2012 — John Horgan

Stanley Miller and the Quest to Understand Life's Beginning

Thursday 26th July saw the launch of SciLogs.com , a new English language science blog network. SciLogs.com , the brand-new home for Nature Network bloggers, forms part of the SciLogs international collection of blogs which already exist in German , Spanish and Dutch ...

July 29, 2012 — John Horgan

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