Derek and I had several conversations during lunches about the potential for “The Symplectic Piece.” And he continued to attend occasional lectures on the subject, searching for a way to map symplectic geometry onto a musical score.
All of us who have watched as a friend or relative has
disappeared into the fog of Alzheimer’s arrive at the same truth.
Although we recognize people by their visual appearance, what we
really are as individual humans is determined by how our
Before dawn on July 4, CERN scientists announced the discovery
of a new particle consistent with the boson predicted nearly fifty
years ago by Peter Higgs. He gave one of his first seminars on his
theory at the Institute at the invitation of...
If the eighteenth century is to be seen as the “Age of Reason,”
then one of the crucial stories to be told is of the trajectory of
philosophy from one of the most ardent proponents of the powers of
human reason, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716)...
Modular arithmetic has been a major concern of mathematicians
for at least 250 years, and is still a very active topic of current
research. In this article, I will explain what modular arithmetic
is, illustrate why it is of importance for...
“Freedom is the ultimate virtue of mankind”; “Democracy is the
only political system of modern man and modern society”;
“Therefore, Egypt must be committed to freedom and democracy.”
These are the words of ‘Abbas Mahmud al-‘Aqqad in his book
How do we navigate the vast amount of data at our disposal? How
do we choose a movie to watch, out of the 75,000 movies available
on Netflix? Or a new book to read, among the 800,000 listed on
Amazon? Or which news articles to read, out of the...