Monday, November 30, 2015
  1. Why Is Einstein Famous?

    Andrew Robinson

    Why Is Einstein Famous?


     argues that the author of the theory of relativity is renowned for reasons far removed from physics.

    Albert Einstein

    Even today, hardly anyone but specialists understands Albert Einstein's greatest achievement, the general theory of relativity. So why, a century later, is Einstein the world’s most famous scientist and a universal byword for genius? READ MORE

  2. Rehearsals for Retirement

    Brigitte Miksa

    Rehearsals for Retirement


     points out that only a handful of countries are prepared to care for growing numbers of pensioners.

    Elderly couple dancing.

    Over the rest of the twenty-first century, the global population is expected to keep growing; even more important, it will keep growing older. Only four countries – Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, and New Zealand – have adequately prepared to face the looming wave of retirees. READ MORE

  3. India’s Sacred Cows and Unholy Politics

    Shashi Tharoor

    India’s Sacred Cows and Unholy Politics


     blames a recent spate of violence on the growth of Hindu chauvinism under Narendra Modi.

    Cattle on farm.

    The revival of the cow as an instrument of political warfare is one of the current government’s signal illiberal achievements. A recent spate of violence and threats against those accused of killing or eating cattle reveals that Hindu chauvinism is now running amok under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationalist administration. READ MORE

  4. Why Gender Parity Matters

    Laura Tyson, ET AL

    Why Gender Parity Matters

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    &  assess the far-reaching benefits associated with improved opportunities for women.

    Men and women in office.

    A new study estimates that the cost of gender inequality is even higher than previously thought – with far-reaching consequences. While reaching gender parity will be no easy feat, it is vitally important, both to improve outcomes for women and girls, and to advance economic development and prosperity for all. READ MORE

  5. Truth, Lies, and Venezuela

    Ricardo Hausmann

    Truth, Lies, and Venezuela


     ponders the nature of evil against the background of the Maduro government's plan to prosecute him.

    Statue of Moses in Venezuela.

    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, seeking scapegoats for his country's economic collapse, has vowed to prosecute the author. This raises an important question: Can evil be fought by exposing the lies on which it is based and condemning those who propagate falsehood? READ MORE

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