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Wonder

We need wonder in our days.” That’s Angus Fletcher, an English professor at Ohio State University, telling Nautilus why literature…By Kevin Berger

We need wonder in our days.”

That’s Angus Fletcher, an English professor at Ohio State University, telling Nautilus why literature matters. Why science matters. And, more provocatively, how science evolved from literature. Who can argue with him? Well, based on our interview with him this week, “Literature Should Be Taught Like Science,” we bet you can.

Still, wonder propels the deepest questions about our universe. And this week we venture into inner and outer space—which, after all, are the same thing—to explore them. Astrophysicists Martin Rees and Mario Livio look at the leading edge of space exploration, and mathematician John Baez takes us into the strange world of “quasiparticles,” things that act like particles though they’re not.

It’s all, if we do say so ourselves, really quite wonderful.


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