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The New Yorker 's Elizabeth Kolbert reviews The Enigma of Reason by cognitive scientists Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber , former Member (1981–82) in the School of Social Science: If reason is designed to generate sound judgments, then it’s hard to...
In the 1960s, the charismatic physicist Geoffrey Chew , Member (1956) in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, espoused a radical vision of the universe, and with it, a new way of doing physics, arguing that "Nature is as it is because this is...
Early on, Harvey Friedman , Visitor (1975) in the School of Mathematics, understood that discovering concrete examples of mathematical incompleteness among already-existing statements would be an arduous task. There’s the continuum hypothesis, the...
Rescuing the world’s most precious antiquities from destruction is a painstaking project—and a Benedictine monk may seem like an unlikely person to lead the charge. But Father Columba Stewart , Member in the School of Historical Studies, is...