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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.

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Essay/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

Essay/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

Essay/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

Essay/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

Essay/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

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