Scientists have found that the tiny proton is even smaller than previously thought (and an interview). Gravity may be leaking from black holes into an invisible cloud of curled up dimensions and some think they can prove it by creating tiny black holes in the LHC. The most massive star ever found challenges astronomers’ notions of just how big a star can get. From Physics Today, in a dispute with more than just scientific import, Alexis Clairaut, Leonhard Euler, and Jean le Rond d’Alembert each employed their own strategies to establish that they were the first to understand a puzzling feature of the Moon’s orbit; and three iconic laboratories constructed in 1966 reveal how architectural design and scientific culture can help or hinder a building’s ability to adapt to the changing discipline it serves. Why it’s increasingly difficult to make discoveries — and other insights from the science of science. A review of Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery by Stephen J. Pyne (and more). An interview with Ian Glynn, author of Elegance in Science: The Beauty of Simplicity. A review of What is Science? An Interdisciplinary Perspective by Klaus Jaffe. Can science explain everything? A debate. A review of What Science Knows: And How It Knows It by James Franklin. A review of Imperfect Oracle: The Epistemic and Moral Authority of Science by Theodore Brown. A review of Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci.


From InTheFray, a special issue on physical and mental fitness. From Philanthropy, Richard Gilder went long on New York City and American history — the payoff? Enormous; Michael Holthouse is on a mission to revitalize America, one lemonade stand at a time; gang violence terrorizes neighborhoods, businesses, and families — some donors have had enough; articles on the legacies of Irving Kristol and Norman Borlaug; a review of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles; a review of Billions of Drops in Millions of Buckets: Why Philanthropy Doesn't Advance Social Progress by Steven H. Goldberg; a profile of Philip and Nancy Anschutz; Wikipedia is a social media website that philanthropists can’t afford to ignore; and Dan Pallotta believes charities will be more effective if they model themselves on for-profit enterprises — is he right? In 1977, William Sims Bainbridge and Murray M. Dalziel wrote “New Maps of Science Fiction”; published in Analog Yearbook, it was one of the first carefully done computer-based social sciencey analyses of science fiction. A review of Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography by John A. Hall (and more). From Peace, a review of Under the Radar: Cancer and the Cold War by Ellen Leopold; and a review of Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World by Ken Beller and Heather Chase. How would a Republican president have handled the Gulf oil spill?


From National Review, William Voegeli on why liberalism is dangerous. A review of Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century by Thomas Woods. A review of The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President by Taylor Branch and The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr by Ken Gormley. Frank Rich reviews The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter. The left is finding out that Obama is not the progressive they fell in love with, but they should remember that progressive politicians have all the cards stacked against them. Why some Republicans want to "restore" the 13th Amendment: No, it’s not about slavery; like so much of our politics these days, it’s about Barack Obama. What will a Republican majority do next? Mark Schmitt investigates. The Fall and Rise of Rand Paul: Rumors of the Tea Party champion's demise have been greatly exaggerated — on the campaign trail with the most controversial politician in America. Keyboard Commandos: The folks who threaten political violence aren’t hiding — they’re tweeting and posting. In America, always more republican than democratic anyway (lower case, please), the power alignment is increasingly reasserting its horizontal bias. A review of Political Solidarity by Sally J. Scholz. Middle man: David Weigel on lessons from life in Washington's ideological gray zone. By refusing to take sides, the political agnostic shuns the virtue of justice and damns the good.


Markus Wrbouschek (Vienna): Discourse Analysis and Social Critique (and a response). From Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, a special issue on The Space Between: Languages, translations and cultures. Information processing and pleasure: A review of The Age of the Infovore by Tyler Cowen (and Cowen recommends books on information). Peter and Christopher Hitchens have never been close, but perhaps nothing separates the brothers more than their views on faith. That Obama saved Detroit is nothing short of a miracle (and more). In his unexpurgated autobiography, whose first volume was published a century after his death, a very different Mark Twain emerges, more pointedly political and willing to play the role of the angry prophet. Ruth Graham reveals what's inside the indefinitely postponed Speaking Up: The Sarah Palin Story. Why do men cheat? Olga Craig meets the man who has spent five years finding out. Four Deformations of the Apocalypse: David Stockman on how the Republican Party destroyed the American economy. Marisa Meltzer reviews Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis. After Breitbart and Shirley Sherrod, we need a slow-news movement. What would Roosevelt do? Much of the stimulus spending has given a priority to gross domestic product, but government spending alone does little good if it isn’t creating jobs. Eric Holder doesn’t hate white people — sorry, Fox News.


Bogdan C. Enache (CADI): What Is the West? From OUP, David Wengrow on his book What Makes Civilization?: The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West. From Rosetta, a review of Greek Mythology: Poetics, Pragmatics and Fiction by C. Calame and The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology; a review of Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice by Paul Cartledge; and a review of Dreams and Experience in Classical Antiquity by William V. Harris. A review of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Thought. Peter Frost (Laval): The Roman State and Genetic Pacification. An interview with Peter Heather, author of Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Modern Europe. With The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Jacob Burckhardt rediscovered the Renaissance for the 19th century, viewing it shockingly as the dark and turbulent origin of modernity. A review of History and the Enlightenment by Hugh Trevor-Roper. A review of In Defence of The Enlightenment by Tzvetan Todorov (and more). A review of Full Circle: How the Classical World Came Back to Us by Ferdinand Mount (and more and more and more). A review of In Search of Civilisation: Remaking a Tarnished Idea by John Armstrong. An interview with Spencer Wells, author of Pandora’s Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization (and more). A review of A Cosmist Manifesto: Practical Philosophy for the Posthuman Age by Ben Goertzel.

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