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A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments of Critical Thinking and Democratic Decency
A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments of Critical Thinking and Democratic Decency

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”

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How the Hubble Space Telescope Captured the Cosmos
How the Hubble Space Telescope Captured the Cosmos

From black holes to star births, or what decades of cosmic awe have to do with the future of space exploration.

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The Freud Files: How Freud Engineered His Own Myth
The Freud Files: How Freud Engineered His Own Myth

What Copernicus and Darwin have to do with Marie Bonaparte’s diary and Carl Jung’s scathing fury.

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Free Radicals: How Anarchy and Serendipity Fueled Science, from Newton to Tesla to Steve Jobs
Free Radicals: How Anarchy and Serendipity Fueled Science, from Newton to Tesla to Steve Jobs

How Goethe fueled Tesla, why Newton pricked his own eye, and other lessons in breaking the rules of science.

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A Journey to the End of the World: Tracing Polar Explorer Shackleton’s Footsteps a Century Later
A Journey to the End of the World: Tracing Polar Explorer Shackleton’s Footsteps a Century Later

What a seal bodyguard and 2,200-year-old moss have to do with a watershed moment in exploration history.

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E. B. White’s Only <em>New Yorker</em> Cover, April 23, 1932
E. B. White’s Only New Yorker Cover, April 23, 1932

‘I can’t draw or paint, but I was sick in bed…and I had nothing to occupy me, but I had a cover idea.’

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