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Five Veteran Scientists Tell Us What Most Surprised Them

Fifty years ago, who knew we’d learn to clone genes and find water on Mars?

The Common Genius of Lincoln and Einstein

The president and the physicist teach us a lesson about moral genius.

From Isaac Newton to the Genius Bar

Why it’s time to retire the concept of genius.

Top Ten Unsung Geniuses

For these scientists, success and fame did not come in equal measure.

When Theft Was Worse Than Murder

Hundreds of years of trial documents reveal our changing attitudes to violent crime.

Ingenious: Simon DeDeo

Cosmic microwaves and crime.

The Vulgar Mechanic and His Magical Oven

A Renaissance alchemist pioneers feedback control.

The Glassmaker Who Sparked Astrophysics

His curious discovery, 200 years ago, foresaw our expanding universe.

The Seeds That Sowed a Revolution

Galapagos Finches are famous, yet Darwin learned more about evolution from the plants.

What I’ve Learned About the Past 13,000 Years

A look back at a career spent looking back.