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The Mind-Expanding Power of Complementarity

The Mind-Expanding Power of Complementarity

The Mind-Expanding Power of Complementarity Frank Wilczek In his Pensees (“Thoughts”), Blaise Pascal wrote: “By space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom.” In Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman wrote: “I contain multitudes.” On the surface, Pascal and Whitman seem to be saying very different things. Pascal says we are small; Whitman…

High-tech hearing aids for gadget lovers

High-tech hearing aids for gadget lovers At this year’s CES, I wrote about a new wave of smart hearing tech. Some were assistive devices designed for those with only mild problems. Others were full-fledged hearing aids stuffed with smart features. This year, hearing technology continues to move away from stuffy medical devices to the more…

Around the World is (Just) 39 Days

Around the World is (Just) 39 Days

Around the World is (Just) 39 Days Scientific American “When Jules Verne wrote his fascinating book, ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ [1873], he aimed to show the utmost that could be accomplished by the means of transportation of his day. A quarter of a century later we are near the day when the ordinary…