Environmental Cancer: A Political Disease by S. Robert Lichter and Stanley Rothman Yak. 235 pp. $35.00 With every passing decade, medical research makes it clearer that the incidence...

Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould Ballantine. 240 pp. $18.95 Stephen Jay Gould, the Harvard /NYU paleontologist whose formidable...

Two factors determine how people die: the diseases they have, and who they are. In any given case, these two factors vary in salience. With...

Early in 1985 I was invited to attend a symposium for journalists who write about science. Its purpose was to acquaint us with the then...

Among mathematicians and theoretical physicists there can sometimes be a continuum of weird behavior that ranges from the profoundly eccentric to the truly mentally disturbed....

This past January, Governor Zell Miller of Georgia asked his legislature for enough money to give a cassette or CD of classical music to every...

To the Editor: Arthur B. Cody’s argument in his review of Steven Pinker’s How the Mind Works [Books in Review, March] is a parody of sloppy...

It is not uncommon for people approaching the outer shores of middle age to go slightly dotty. Lawyers and accountants who have led exemplary lives...

To the Editor: As a working cosmologist, I enjoyed David Berlinski’s poetic description of the Big Bang [“Was There a Big Bang?,” February]. I also share...

To the Editor: I would like to comment on Alvin H. Bernstein’s and Martin Libicki’s contribution to the debate, “High-Tech: The Future Face of War?” [January]....

As a political movement, environmentalism was invented by a conservative Republican. He loved wild animals. He particularly loved to shoot them. In the spring of 1908,...

How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker Norton. 606 pp. $29.95 Nothing is more fascinating than how we think, why we think that way, and how our thinking...