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Visualizing the Expansion of the Universe: The Most Accurate Measurement Yet
Visualizing the Expansion of the Universe: The Most Accurate Measurement Yet

What 120,000 galaxies have to do with understanding our place in the universe.

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The Beginning of Infinity: David Deutsch Explains the World
The Beginning of Infinity: David Deutsch Explains the World

A new way to explain explanation itself, or how science and philosophy got their start.

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7 (More) Little-Known Children’s Books by Celebrated Authors of Literature for Grownups
7 (More) Little-Known Children’s Books by Celebrated Authors of Literature for Grownups

What a magical car engine has to do with social justice, a parrot named Arturo and the history of jazz.

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How Alex Steinweiss Invented the Album Cover
How Alex Steinweiss Invented the Album Cover

A brief history of music for the eyes, or how to go from brown paper to design revolution in 7 pounds.

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7 Obscure Children’s Books by Authors of Grown-Up Literature
7 Obscure Children’s Books by Authors of Grown-Up Literature

What a moral cat has to do with a lost boy, a happy prince and the rules for little girls.

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Ethnic Diversity in Russia 100 Year Ago, Restored in Color
Ethnic Diversity in Russia 100 Year Ago, Restored in Color

From peasants to emirs, or nomads have to do with the political cornerstones of world history.

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Visualize This: How to Tell Stories with Data
Visualize This: How to Tell Stories with Data

How to turn numbers into stories, or what pattern-recognition has to do with the evolution of journalism.

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The Man of Numbers: How Fibonacci Changed the World
The Man of Numbers: How Fibonacci Changed the World

What Medieval mathematics have to do with remix culture, publishing entrepreneurship, and gamification.

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Tom Wolfe on Marshall McLuhan for His 100th Would-Be Birthday
Tom Wolfe on Marshall McLuhan for His 100th Would-Be Birthday

How the man who coined the global village became the first seer of cyberspace and digital empowerment.

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Project Earth: A Resource-Based Economy Explained
Project Earth: A Resource-Based Economy Explained

What collaborative consumption has to do with life after Earth and the ego of science.

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