What the Turkish Referendum Means for the Divided Country’s Future

Photo: Elif Sogut/Getty Images After a long campaign, President Tayyip Erdogan has finally achieved his long-sought goal to rewrite the constitution. By Kiran Nazish / 04.28.2017 Pots and pans, whistles and hoots erupted in alleyways in Istanbul, the city where a majority of citizens voted “No” in Turkey’s referendum last week. Thousands crowded the streets[…]

The Patients We Do Not See

An empty wheelchair – or is there a person there we do not see? / Shutterstock By Dr. Dave A. Chokshi / 04.27.2017 Physician New York University Langone Medical Center In medicine, we speak of “seeing patients” when we are rounding in the hospital or caring for those who come to our clinics. But what[…]

Illustrations of Madness: James Tilly Matthews and the Air Loom

The “Middle Man” operating the Air Loom: a detail from James Tilly Matthews’ illustration of the Air Loom featured in John Haslam’s Illustrations of Madness (1810) – Source: Wellcome Library, London (CC-BY 4.0) Mike Jay recounts the tragic story of James Tilly Matthews, a former peace activist of the Napoleonic Wars who was confined to[…]

The Changing Nature of Sacred Spaces

The Multi-faith Chapel at Hebrew Senior Life / Newbridge On The Charles, Dedham, Massachusetts. Randall Armor, CC BY-NC-ND By Dr. Wendy Cadge / 04.26.2017 Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Brandeis University Congregational membership in the United States is slowly declining. Data from the General Social Survey show that 17 percent of[…]

Engineering Rome: Trajan’s Forum

By Aaron Couch / 10.26.2015 University of Washington In a city full of engineering marvels and tourists attractions such as ‍‍‍‍‍‍the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and St. Peter’s Basilica, it is hard to imagine that for centuries the most visited and important places in Rome were the public forums. A Roman tradition from their inception, the[…]

Did Artists Lead the Way in Mathematics?

Is there a geometry lesson hidden in ‘The Last Supper’? Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Henry Adams / 04.27.2017 Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History Case Western Reserve University Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different disciplines – one devoted to abstract thought, the other to feeling. But sometimes the parallels between the[…]