LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Making time/Downed by law/OK Computer, and more
Move over, Márquez!/Going to extremes/Penguin droppings, and more
Spies Like Us
In recent years, a number of sociologists have fessed up to the use of deception in their fieldwork. Some are repentant--others defiantly not. Is it all right to study people without telling them? Or to shade your own opinions to match those of your subjects? Tales from the world of undercover research.
BY CHARLOTTE ALLEN
Darwin on His Mind
Evolutionary psychology has an explanation for everything from sibling rivalry to our universal affection for slapstick. Is the selfish gene the key to unlocking the psyche? Many scholars scoff at the idea--but in an ambitious new book, MIT's Steven Pinker makes his case for the adapted mind.
BY JOHN HORGAN
Birth of the Footnote
Historians and their publishers have been rushing to abandon the footnote. But before they do so, they might consider the curious origins of the sharpest weapon in the scholar's arsenal. A look at Pierre Bayle, innovative pedant and footnote fetishist extraordinaire.
BY ANTHONY GRAFTON
Do mathematical monsters really roam the Earth? Jim Holt muses
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