By toppling medieval Europe’s mightiest political power, the Protestant Reformation ushered in a new age of freedom, religious and otherwise.
Jonathan Berman wants us to have better dialogues.
The retraction crisis has morphed into a citation crisis.
When was the last time you spent some quality time with yourself?
For centuries, men prevented women from writing music. These classical composers broke with social norms and made their mark on history.
Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.
The theoretical reasons to expect it are compelling, but the technology required to detect it is unfathomable. All throughout our galaxy, millions of black holes of a variety of masses […]
An elaborate device called the Mechanical Turk defeated Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte at chess. Edgar Allan Poe revealed the hoax.
The German artist painted death as it appeared in life – omnipresent and hidden in plain sight.
Successful forgers are remembered as great conmen, not artists. This is strange, considering their forgeries fooled even the most seasoned critics.
From Brahms to Tchaikovsky, here's a curated list of composers whose music has shaped the classical canon.
Roger Penrose used mathematics to show black holes actually exist. Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel helped uncover what lies at the center of our galaxy.
Andrew Yang argues that the Alaska Permanent Fund shows the path to implementing a nationwide universal basic income.
A new study tracks the human-dog relationship through DNA.
Soviet researchers studied crime through a Marxist-Leninist lens. Under Lenin, a humanitarian approach to criminality briefly emerged, but dissipated when Stalin rose to power.
Even extremely simple configurations in General Relativity cannot be solved exactly. Here’s the science of why. It’s difficult to appreciate how revolutionary of a transformation it is to consider the Universe […]
Meet a spectacular new blue—the first inorganic new blue in some time.
How long should one wait until an idea like string theory, seductive as it may be, is deemed unrealistic?
The most feared sexually transmitted disease (STD) of the last half-millennium was usually named after foreigners, often the French.
A curated list of must-watch films from Big Think readers.
Europe is divided on whether films should have subtitles or different audio tracks.
"Too many teenagers are ignoring or are unaware of new types of jobs that are emerging."