The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?
The bit bomb
It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return
How the neutrino went from ghost particle to vital physics tool – a tale of bombs, espionage and subtle flavours
Is linguistics a science?
Much of linguistic theory is so abstract and dependent on theoretical apparatus that it might be impossible to explain
Quantum common sense
Despite its confounding reputation, quantum mechanics both guides and helps explain human intuition
Who names diseases?
Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?
The cosmology of Poe
Drawing on intuition, Edgar Allan Poe offered some remarkably prescient ideas about the universe in his poem 'Eureka'
The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground
This granular life
That the world is not solid but made up of tiny particles is a very ancient insight. Is it humanity’s greatest idea?
The authoritative statement of scientific method derives from a surprising place — early 20th-century child psychology