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Margaret Wertheim
Science writer

Margaret Wertheim is an Australian-born science writer, artist and curator. She is the author of six books including Pythagoras’ Trousers (1996), a history of physics, religion and women. Her Crochet Coral Reef project (created with her twin Christine Wertheim) is a pioneering science-and-art endeavour that has engaged thousands of women in 35 cities and countries including the USA, UK, Germany, Australia and the UAE. She lives in Los Angeles.

Written by Margaret Wertheim

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Physics
Radical dimensions

Relativity says we live in four dimensions. String theory says it’s 10. What are ‘dimensions’ and how do they affect reality?

Margaret Wertheim

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Mathematics
How to play mathematics

The world is full of mundane, meek, unconscious things embodying fiendishly complex mathematics. What can we learn from them?

Margaret Wertheim

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History of Science
The sexism problem

Harassment drove me out of physics 30 years ago and little has changed. Why is scientific sexism so intractable?

Margaret Wertheim

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Neuroscience
I feel therefore I am

How exactly did consciousness become a problem? And why, after years off the table, is it a hot research subject now?

Margaret Wertheim

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History of Ideas
Physics’s pangolin

Trying to resolve the stubborn paradoxes of their field, physicists craft ever more mind-boggling visions of reality

Margaret Wertheim