The precise origins of geometry are lost to history, but they go back at least 2400 years, when an unknown mathematician devised the first geometrical demonstration. This was long before Euclid of Alexandria gathered all the geometrical knowledge of his age and arranged it systematically, but Euclid’s work would reveal the implications of this early […]
Millie Acevedo bore her first child before the age of 16 and dropped out of high school to care for her newborn. Now 27, she is the unmarried mother of three and is raising her kids in one of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods. Would she and her children be better off if she had waited to […]
The second world war would see an unlikely band of librarians, archivists, and scholars travel abroad to aid the Allies’ cause. Galvanized by the events of the war into acquiring and preserving the written word, as well as provide critical information for intelligence purposes, they set off on missions to collect foreign publications and information […]
Transcending the boundaries of class and race, the G.I. Bill enabled a sizable portion of the hallowed “greatest generation” to gain vocational training or to attend college or graduate school at government expense. Its beneficiaries had grown up during the Depression, living in tenements and cold-water flats, on farms and in small towns across the […]
Named in a 2001 Finanical Times Group survey as one of the “top 50 business thinkers in the world,” Chris Locke is a co-author of the best-selling The Cluetrain Manifesto. His other books on publications on marketing in the Internet era include Gonzo Marketing and The Bombast Transcripts. He is president of Entropy Web Consulting, and editor/publisher […]
Science writer David Stipp was Fortune Magazine’s chief science and medical writer from 1995 to 2006. Previously he was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal covering science, medicine and technology. He is the author of The Youth Pill, an investigation of the scientific work being done in the field of longevity research and of the forthcoming A Most Elegant Equation.
Luke Shaefer is the director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, an interdisciplinary, university-level initiative that seeks to inform, identify, and test innovative strategies to prevent and alleviate poverty. He is the co-author, with Kathryn Edin, of the award-winning $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.
John D. Mayer is professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire and is a key innovator in intelligence research. He has written more than 125 scientific articles, books, and psychological tests, including the internationally known Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT). He has lectured around the world, has blogged for Psychology Today, and has […]
The year 1776 conjures up a host of familiar images – so resonant and so laden with meaning that it comes almost as a surprise that they all took place in an area that was a very small slice of what would become the country. But the rest of North America was far from quiet […]
In the midst of a deadly heat wave during the summer of 1834, a woman clawed her way over the wall of a Roman Catholic convent near Boston, Massachusetts and escaped to the home of a neighbor, pleading for protection. When the Bishop, Benedict Fenwick, persuaded her to return, rumors began swirling through the Yankee […]
In the tradition of E. F. Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful, renowned economist Clair Brown argues persuasively for a new economics built upon equality, sustainability, and right living. She believes that there is something very wrong with GDP. An economist at the University of California at Berkeley, she has long been troubled by the fact that classical economics […]
On the day of his discharge from the United States Army, Sgt. Isaac Woodard, a decorated veteran, was beaten and blinded by a small-town police chief in South Carolina. Woodard, like other returning black World War II veterans, had expected that his wartime service would entitle him to respectful treatment and the full benefits of […]
Stephen V. Ash is professor emeritus in the department of history at the University of Tennessee. A Civil War enthusiast since his early teens, he has written many books about the war and its aftermath, focusing especially on the experiences of people in the South. His writing and teaching focus on the U. S. Civil […]
Gabriel Metcalf is the executive director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), one of the leading urban planning organizations in America. A member-supported non-profit that promotes good planning and good government, SPUR develops solutions to urban policy problems in the fields of economic development, transportation, housing policy, urban design, climate change, and […]
Edward Gray is the former editor of the interactive journal Common-place, and is the author of several books, including, most recently, Tom Paine’s Iron Bridge, published by W. W. Norton. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Kathleen DuVal called the book “fascinating and important.” Since 1999 he has taught courses in colonial and revolutionary-era American history and […]
The author of three award-winning books, four edited volumes, and numerous journal articles, Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching and writing interests span the history of ecology, nature, and health in American culture, and are […]