Opening Announcements, Cover and Contents, Contributions, From the Editor,
Discussion, From the Castle
This month the theme is fire, from its evolutionary role in shaping the human
mind to its beguilingly odd behavor in space.
The Gonzo Neurologist
Oliver Sacks explores the strange, often scary world of hallucinations.
By Ron Rosenbaum
The Father of Invention
"Super inventor" Dr. NakaMats claims more than 3,300 patents to his name.
By Franz Lidz
Preston Tucker saw his futuristic 1948 car as a vehicle for change.
By Abigail Tucker
Puente de vida
By Mark Strauss
2012 American Ingenuity Awards & Benh Zeitlin: Lights & Magic
Nine brilliant people who've harnessed what Abraham Lincoln called "the fire of
genius" receive the new Oscar of innovation for their recent achievements.
The young indie director lets his imagination fly in an accalimed debut film.
By Franz Lidz
Pardis Sabeti: Natural Selection
Her work in genetics points toward new ways of treating infectious diseases.
By Seth Mnookin
New Life: Bryan Stevenson
His legal crusade has given juvenile prisoners a second chance at life.
By Chris Hedges
The Prodigy: Jack Andraka & Elon Musk: Rocket Science
The teenager has developed a new method that may detect a lethal cancer.
The entrepreneur hopes to launch a revolution with his spaceship and electric
By Abigail Tucker & Carl Hoffman
Esperanza Spalding: Beyond Jazz
The innovative bassist and singer is taking
jazz to a whole new place.
By Dream Hampton
Jim Anderson: Solar Flair
Ozone depletion may get worse, the chemist has discovered.
By Sharon Begley
Anne Kelley Knowles: Mapping the Past
Using new mapping tools, the geographer is rewriting history.
By Tony Horwitz
Sebastian Thrun: Class Uprising
The artificial intelligence expert is transforming online learning.
By Tom Vanderbilt