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Sometimes the Information Highway Isn't Paved With Silicon Week in Review, May 21, 2005.
A Really Long History of Time New York Times Book Review, February 27, 2005.
Who Do You Trust More: G.I. Joe or A.I. Joe? Week in Review, February 20, 2005.
The Books in the Basement, to be published in a forthcoming volume of essays on Einstein's "Miracle Year," edited by John Brockman, 2005.
Worshipping in the Church of Einstein (or How I Found Fischbeck's Rule), published in the anthology Secrets of Angels and Demons, edited by Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer, December 2004.
On the Trail of the Illuminati: A Journalist's Search for 'The Conspiracy That Rules the World,' published in the anthology Secrets of Angels and Demons, edited by Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer, December 2004.
Cognitive Rascal in the Amorous Swamp: A Robot Battles Spam Science Times essay, April 27, 2004.
SP@M SHEN@NIG@NS!!: That Gibberish in Your In-Box May Be Good News Week in Review, January 25, 2004.
Can Science Prove the Existence of God? Science Times 25th Anniversary Issue,
November 11, 2003.
Atomic Scales: Striking Notes of Progress on the World's Tiniest Guitar Week in Review,
November 9, 2003.
Tongue-Tied by Physics: The Ineffable Lightness of Being Week in Review, October 12, 2003.
Contrarian's Contrarian: Galileo's Science Polemics Science Times, August 12, 2003.
Universe's Software Lurk Beautiful, Mysterious Numbers Science Times, May 20, 2003.
Doughnuts and Spheres: What is the Poincare Conjecture All
About? Week in Review, April 20, 2003.
At White Sands New York Times "Sophisicated Traveler"
magazine, March 2, 2003.
Sheet Metal Cutouts, the Tree of Life Emerged, and Spot the
Double Helix New York Times special section on the 50th
anniversary of DNA, February 25, 2003.
The Purr of the Qubit Time Magazine, February 24,
'Faster Than the Speed of Light': E = mc²(Except When It
Doesn't) New York Times Book Review, February 10, 2003.
Loss of the Shuttle: The Real Science Happens Down Here on Earth
Week in Review, February 10, 2003.
Theory That's Not Even Wrong Week in Review, November 17, 2002.
Rene Thom, 79, Inventor of Catastrophe Theory, Dies New York
Times, November 10, 2002.
Bak, Physicist of Sudden Change, Dies at 54 New York Times,
October 29, 2002.
The Rise and Fall of Element 118 Science Times cover story.
October 15, 2002.
Oil and Water: Why Prizes and Science Don't Mix Week in Review.
October 13, 2002.
From Here to Infinity: Obsessed With the Magic of Primes
Science Times. September 4, 2002.
Sometimes, the March of Science Goes Backward Science Times.
July 23, 2002.
Err Is Human Week in Review cover story. July 14, 2002.
At Los Alamos, Two Visions of Supercomputing Science
Times cover story. June 25, 2002.
What's So New in a Newfangled Science? Week in Review. June 16,
"A New Kind of Science" Review of the book by Stephen Wolfram.
New York Times Book Review. June 9, 2002.
Science Revokes a Poetic License Week in Review. April 28, 2002.
Supercomputing@Home Science Times cover story. April 23,
Classic Math Riddle, DNA Gives a Satisfying Answer Science
Times. March 19, 2002.
Years of Research Yield Nothing, and That's Good News for
Physicists Science Times cover story. February 5, 2002.
More Up There Than Meets the Eye Week in Review. January 20,
Colors Are Truly Brilliant in Trek Up Mount Metaphor Science
Times. December 25, 2001
Lost in Cyberspace: If You Can't Touch It, Can You Steal It?
Week in Review. December 16, 2001
Challenging Particle Physics as Path to Truth Science Times
cover story. December 4, 2001.
Double Bind Week in Review cover story. November 11, 2001.
Quantum Stew: How Physicists Are Redefining Reality's Rules
Science Times essay, October 16, 2001.
Order of Magnitude The Week in Review. September 16, 2001.
Physicists Strive to Build a Black Hole Science Times cover
story. September 11, 2001.
Suddenly, the Cosmos Becomes More Fickle Week in Review cover
story. August 19, 2001.
Searching for Alien Heartbeats Week in Review cover story.
August 5, 2001.
to Basics: How Did Space Get Its Dimensions? Science Times. June
Connoisseurs of Chaos Offer a Valuable Product: Randomness
Science Times cover story. June 12, 2001.
Computing, One Atom at a Time Science Times cover story. March
Passion for Physical Realms, Minute and Massive Science Times.
February 20, 2001.
Cells, Then Species, Now the Web Science Times cover story.
December 26, 2000.
Surprise! Elections Have Margins of Error, Too Week in Review.
November 19, 2000.
The Ultimate Laptop: A Black Hole Science
Times cover story. September 5, 2000.
10 Physics Questions to Ponder for a Millennium or
Two Science Times. August 15, 2000.
Jaguar and the Fox Atlantic Monthly. July 2000.
Refining the Cat's-Eye View of the Cosmos Week in
Review. July 16, 2000.
New Generation of Physicists Sustains a Permanent
Revolution Science Times cover story. June 20, 2000.
How Memories Are Made
Time Magazine. June 12, 2000.
Physicists Finally Find a Way to Test
Superstring Theory Science Times cover story. April 4, 2000.
Afloat in a Cosmic Hall of Mirrors Week in Review.
March 5, 2000.
A Small Step for Man, a Giant Leap of Faith Week in Review
cover story. February 20, 2000.
Only Connect: The Coming of the Omninet Wired. January 2000.
How Is the Universe Built? Grain by Grain
Science Times cover story. December 7, 1999.
Terra Incognita New York Times Magazine. October 22,
Wrestling With Unruly Numbers Week in Review. October
From Two Small Nodes, a Mighty Web Has
Grown Science Times cover story. October 12, 1999.
It's a Fact: Faith and Theory Collide Over
Evolution Week in Review cover story. August 15, 1999.
Building a Cosmic Tape Measure Week in Review. June 6, 1999.
Searching for the Essence of the World Wide
Web Week in Review. April 11, 1999.
Mindless Creatures Acting 'Mindfully'
Science Times cover story. March 23, 1999.
Space-Time: The Final
Frontier. Review of Brian Greene's The Elegant
Universe. New York Times Book Review. February 21, 1999.
Almost in Awe, Physicists Ponder 'Ultimate' Theory
Science Times cover story. September 22, 1998. With a sidebar: The Physicists' Macarena
Science and Religion Cross Their Line in the
Sand Week in Review cover story. July 12, 1998.
Science and Religion: Bridging the Great Divide Science Times
essay. July 1, 1998.
Elusive Particles Continue to Puzzle Theorists of
the Sun Science Times cover story. June 9, 1998.
Physical Laws Collide in a Black Hole Bet Science Times cover
story. April 7, 1998.
Once Upon a Time, There Was a Big Bang Theory Week in
Review. March 8, 1998.
Tests Prove That Nobody's Smart About Intelligence Week in
Review cover story. March 1, 1998.
Big Question: Does the Universe Follow Mathematical Law? Science
Times cover story. February 10, 1998.
Is the Artist's Angst All in Your Head? Week in Review.
November 16, 1997.
Undiscovered Bach? No, a Computer Wrote It Science
Times cover story. November 11, 1997.
To Test a Powerful Computer, Play an Ancient Game Science Times cover story, July 29, 1997.
The Unspeakable Things That Particles Do Week
in Review. July 27, 1997.
A Universe of Universes Review of Lee
Smolin's The Life of the Cosmos. New York Times Book Review.
July 27, 1997.
On the Internet,
Hysteria Over Heaven's Gate Week in Review Cover Story. March
Outthink Computers in Giving Shape to Life Science Times
cover story. March 25, 1997.
A Plague in the Pot Review of Richard
Rhodes's Deadly Feasts. New York Times Book Review. March 16,
Why It's Impossible to Clone a Brain Week in Review cover
story. March 2, 1997.
Theorists Try to Surpass Digital Computing Science Times
cover story. February 18, 1997.
Black Holes and Stephen Hawking Week in
Review. February 16, 1997.
The Real Star Wars: Between Order and Chaos Week in
Review. January 18, 1997.
That a Masonic Flag on the Moon? Week in Review. November
Roots of Yiddish, Migration of Jews Science Times cover
story. October 29, 1996.
Creationists vs. Archeologists Page 1. October 22, 1996.
Strife May Have Exiled Ancient Indians Science Times cover
story. August 20, 1996.
Schrodinger's Cat Week in Review. June 2, 1996.
Crowded Ponderosa Forests of the West, Seeds of Infernos Lie Ominously
in Wait May 11, 1996.
Lights the Void Week in Review cover story. January 21,
Boot Up the Trash-80 and Play Some Oldies Week in Review
article about antique software and old radios. August 20, 1995.
Linguists Debating Deepest Roots of Language Science
Times cover story. June 27, 1995
Talk Debate: Is It Really Language? Science Times cover
story. June 6, 1995.
Witness: O.J.'s Blood and the Big Bang, Together at Last
Week in Review cover story. May 21, 1995.
Conspiracy That Never Ends Week in Review. April 30,
a String of Numbers Tie the Universe Together? Week in
Review. February 5, 1995.
Scaling Lofty Towers of Belief, Science Checks Its Foundations
Week in Review cover story. July 10, 1994.
Think, Therefore I Am Not a Dog Review of Derek
Bickerton's Language and Human Behavior. New York Times Book
Review, December 10, 1995.
What Really Goes
on in There Cover review of Daniel Dennett's
Consciousness Explained. New York Times Book Review, November 10,
Evolution Between the Ears Review of Gerald Edelman's
Bright Air, Brilliant Fire. New York Times Book Review, April
Odds on God Review of Frank Tipler's The Physics of
Immortality. New York Times Book Review, October 9, 1994.
the Meaning of Life Review of Robert Wright's Three
Scientists and Their Gods. New York Times Book Review, August 7,
My favorite few will eventually have hypertext
"Memory: Learning How It Works," cover story, New
York Times Magazine, August 9, 1987.
"Wanted: the Meaning of
Life," a review of Robert Wright's "Three Scientists and Their Gods,"
New York Times Book Review, August 7, 1988.
"Two Sides to Every
Science Story," cover review of Francis Crick's "What Mad Pursuit," New
York Times Book Review, April 9, 1989.
"A Menace or Just a Crank?" a
review of Dennis King's "Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism,"
New York Times Book Review, June 18, 1989.
"Casting Their Neural
Nets," a review of Jeremy Campbell's "The Improbable Machine," New York
Times Book Review, December 24, 1989.
"New Mind, No Clothes," a
review of Roger Penrose's "The Emperor's New Mind," The Sciences,
"A Man With a Mission," a profile of Jonas
Salk, New York Times Magazine, November 25, 1990.
and Processmorphs," a review of Todd Siler's "Breaking the Mind
Barrier," New York Times Book Review, December 30, 1990.
Computer Can Carry a Tune," a review of Margaret Boden's "The Creative
Mind," New York Times Book Review, April 7, 1991.
"After Chaos," lead review of three books on the Santa Fe
Institute, "Complexity," by Mitchell Waldrop, "Complexity," by Roger
Lewin," and "Artificial Life," by Steven Levy, Wilson Quarterly, Spring
"The Thing in Our Head That Thinks," review of Steven
Rose's "The Making of Memory," New York Times Book Review, February 27,