Science is a congeries of great quests, and cosmology is the grandest of the great quests. Taking as its province the universe as a whole,...

1. Alvin H. Bernstein & Martin Libicki Few Americans will have forgotten the remarkable video footage released by the Pentagon in the opening days of the Persian...

Fame, like sex, is all too brief—a proposition I recently kitchen-tested by asking a classroom of 25 intelligent undergraduates if they had ever heard the...

To the Editor: Because the genetic research now being funded by the Human Genome Project and other sponsors is so important to all of us, Francis...

Next month, world leaders will convene in Kyoto, Japan, to address the issue of global warming. The European Union (EU) has proposed that the developed...

Nature Writings by John Muir edited by William Cronon Library of America. 888 pp. $35.00 More Eloquently than any other American writer, John Muir, a man of the...

To pick up a newspaper these days is to be struck by the pace of developments in the biological sciences. The deliberate manipulation of genes...

In the fall of 1957 I began a two-year fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Although I was by then committed to...

To the Editor: Rather than reply point by point to Jeremy Bernstein’s cranky rant [“What Happened to ‘Scientific American,’ ” May] and expose how ignorant of...

In the 1960’s, when I began reporting on “deep” science for the New Yorker, William Shawn, its legendary editor, used to chide me for writing...

A Tour of the Calculus by David Berlinski Pantheon. 331 pp. $27.50 Calculus Is a remarkable intellectual achievement—and a deeply consequential one, for it has made modern science,...

To the Editor: “Courting Death: Assisted Suicide, Doctors, and the Law” by Leon R. Kass and Nelson Lund [December 1996], while tendentious and muddleheaded on the...