| Nov 10, 2013
"What is being done to silence this man?"
At the risk of stealing the great first line from Claudia Roth Pierpont's immensely likable, generous and engrossing new critical biography of Philip Roth, “Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books,”...
| Nov 10, 2013
Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called father of the atomic bomb and one of the most brilliant physicists never to have won a Nobel Prize, has inspired legions of biographers and memoirists. And for good reason: He was a polymath of enormous gifts and charm....
| Oct 9, 2013
| 2:08 PM
USC chemistry professor Arieh Warshel can thank curiosity and weak computers for the Nobel prize in chemistry he won Wednesday.
To figure out the blazingly fast chemical ballet performed by the body’s proteins, Warshel had to form questions that...
| Feb 14, 2014
I dreaded reading "All Joy and No Fun."
Jennifer Senior's new book has the patina — and the subtitle, "The Paradox of Modern Parenthood" — of yet another polemic against the parenting culture as we know it.
We are a nation of Tiger Moms...
| Feb 21, 2014
Malcolm Cowley was one of the most important (and easily the most omnipresent) literary figures of the past century. Over a career that spanned eight decades (or, roughly speaking, from the Wilson to the Reagan administrations), he encouraged, befriended,...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 8:13 AM
Haruki Murakami’s next novel will be published in the United States on Aug. 12, A.A. Knopf announced Tuesday.
“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” sold more than 1 million copies the first week of its release in...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 6:12 PM
Ronald Coase, a British-born University of Chicago economist whose Nobel Prize-winning work on the role of corporations stemmed from visits in the early 1930s to American companies including Ford Motor Co. and Union Carbide Corp., has died. He was 102....
| Dec 2, 2013
| 11:27 AM
WASHINGTON — Former Orlando Magic center Marcin Gortat can’t wait for Wednesday night.
Gortat will visit Capitol Hill to attend a special screening of a movie based on the life of Lech Walesa, the former Nobel Peace Prize winner and former...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 11:31 AM
The difference between a glove for the left hand and one for the right is obvious to the human eye, even though the two are mirror images of each other. It is an easy task to distinguish between them and separate them from each other.
| Sep 29, 2013
| 10:15 AM
When neurobiologist David H. Hubel accepted his Nobel Prize in 1981, it had only been a couple of decades since he and his research partner danced in front of an anesthetized cat.
Hubel and Torsten N. Wiesel were measuring electrical activity in...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 4:52 PM
BUENOS AIRES – This was Jacques Rogge’s final press conference as head of the International Olympic Committee, an organization that fancies itself as having a global role that can reach beyond fun and games.
Rogge made it very clear...