What It Took to Discover Bacteria in the 1670s

Antony van Leeuvenhoek was not a trained scientist, but he was insatiably curious, and ground his own lenses that he used to find the bacteria. (Source: VOX Observatory)

Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials

The incomprehensible vastness of the universe, the wonder of our own place in it all… Carl Sagan was able to explain the science of space in a way everyone could understand. Among his long list of roles and accomplishments, the…

Richard Feynman on What It Means

“The key was somehow to know what was important and what was not important, what was exciting, because I can’t learn everything.” – Richard Feynman in 1966 If you don’t really have a head for math and science, physics may…

The Terminator and Artificial Intelligence

What the legendary matches between supercomputer Deep Blue and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov reveal about today’s artificial intelligence and machine learning fears.(Source: The New York Times Retro Report)

A Change of Heart

The artificial heart became a media sensation in the 1980s as it both raised hopes and spread controversy. Today, its impact on medical science is still playing out in surprising ways. (Source: The New York Times Retro Report)