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Science, Fiction, and points in between
Wednesday 16 August 2000
A hundred years ago, mathematician David Hilbert defined 23 great unsolved math problems of the day. This past May, the Clay Mathematics Institute announced an updated 7 ''Millennium Prize Problems''. And, a recent University of Michigan conference on superstring theory came up with 10 great problems in the field of physics...
Greg Egan answers the question below, Did those physicists break the speed of light...?
Monday 14 August 2000
Robert Wright speculates on a post-copyright world.
So if copyright protection truly does break down..., a lot of kinds of books that now get written may no longer get written. But would that really be such a bad thing?
Did those physicists break the speed of light, or didn't they?
The brave new world of e-books.
Everyone is jumping on the bandwidth wagon. Everyone, that is, but readers.
Interview with AtRandom publisher Jonathan Karp:
If you're feeling stressed out, consult a bibliotherapist.
Is your average librarian really qualified to dispense treatment for depression and anxiety -- even if the medication being prescribed is strictly literary?
And if so, which books might make an unhappy person feel better? Says Brian Bremen, an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin who teaches a course on the relationship between literature and healing:
"I'd take the allopathic approach. I'd choose children's literature. Happy kinds of stories. 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,' 'Harry Potter.'
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