Being comfortable with uncertainty, knowing the limits of what science can tell us, and understanding the worth of failure are all valuable tools that would improve people’s lives, according to some of the world’s leading thinkers. The ideas were submitted as part of an annual exercise by the web magazine Edge, which invites scientists, philosophers and artists to opine on a major question of the moment. This year it was, “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” The magazine called for “shorthand abstractions”—a way of encapsulating an idea or scientific concept into a short description that could be used as a component of bigger questions.
This measurement is crucial to confirm that one of the assumptions of Einstein’s theory of gravity is valid.
Because the milk was thin and had an unnatural, bluish tint, vendors stirred in additives such as chalk, flour, eggs, and Plaster-of-Paris.
Huge shifts in the workforce demand real-world changes in management practices; “command-and-control” no longer cuts it.
"When Harry Met Sally" lied to you.
Humanity is never fully in control of its creations. This lesson from Mary Shelley has remained relevant for over 200 years.