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Up a creek at Stony Brook/Men are from Mars, women are from Mars/Do British boys read? and more
Be a French intellectual!/Scary monsters/Who's a Jew? and more
In the 1960s, a circle of Yugoslavian philosophers captured the fancy of academics all over the world. Dissidents under Tito, the Praxis group fought authoritarianism, championed free speech, and denounced nationalism. But when Yugoslavia descended into civil war, Praxis also shattered--and its leading members ended up embracing the very politics they had once opposed. The untold story of how some of Yugoslavia's most admired intellectuals contributed to their country's demise.
by Laura Secor
THE HEIRS OF AYN RAND
When Ayn Rand died in 1982, she left devotees squabbling for control of her intellectual empire. Today, the Objectivist movement is threatened not just by its internal schisms but also by its surprising new popularity in the academy. Can the Objectivists save their guru from the professors they despise?
by Scott McLemee
Telescopes may be bigger and better than ever, but there are not enough of them to go around. Qualified astronomers are routinely turned away from the nation's best observatories. Worse, say some disgruntled scientists, the experts who control access are biased against new ideas. Are astronomy's time-allocation committees putting the discipline at risk?
by Tom Scocca
WHO OWNS ARTHUR KOESTLER?
Thanks to its lurid allegation of serial rape, David Cesarani's book about Arthur Koestler made tabloid headlines in Britain. Then Michael Scammell, Koestler's authorized biographer, accused Cesarani of scholarly misconduct.
by Matthew Price
Jim Holt stretches the boundaries of science.