Press


Mathematicians Predict the Future with Data From the Past (Wired: April 10, 2013)

5 Great Reads (Motley Fool: February 27, 2013)

The Limits of Big Data (Minnesota Public Radio: February 25, 2013)

The Year of the Higgs, And Other Tiny Advances in Science (National Public Radio: January 1, 2013)

There Are No Eternal Facts (Brandeis Magazine: Fall 2012/Winter 2013)

How Science Changes (The Atlantic: December 12, 2012)

The Half-Life of Facts: Q&A with Sam Arbesman (The Economist: November 28, 2012)

The Scientific Blind Spot (Wall Street Journal: November 18, 2012)

The Half-Life of Facts on Radio Boston (WBUR: October 17, 2012)

The Role of Place in Discovery and Innovation (The Atlantic Cities: October 16, 2012)

The Half-Life of Facts on The Takeaway (WNYC: October 15, 2012)

The Truth About Facts (Bloomberg: October 11, 2012)

Measuring the Impact of Altmetrics (IEEE Spectrum: August 2012)

39 New Scientific Concepts That Everyone Should Understand: Copernican principle (Business Insider: June 11, 2012)

A Fractional Idea (Inside Higher Ed: May 7, 2012)

New Survey Ranks Oklahoma City No.4 In Negative Reactions (News 9 | Oklahoma City: January 17, 2012)

The evolution of co-operation: Make or break? (The Economist: November 19, 2011)

Nice guys can finish first (Harvard Gazette: November 14, 2011)

The fall of empires as an exponential distribution (Discover Magazine | Gene Expression blog: August 4, 2011)

Altered states for the lawmakers of the new measurement frontier (Times Higher Education: July 28, 2011)

Is scientific progress slowing? Depends how you measure it (Ars Technica: July 7, 2011)

Google+: In Praise of Starting Over (The Atlantic: July 7, 2011)

Harvard used to sell the time, via telegraph (Wall Street Journal | Ideas Market: March 11, 2011)

Are People Nicer In Cities? (Wired: March 8, 2011)

The “End Of Discovery”? (The Atlantic | The Daily Dish: February 9, 2011)

Innovation: Are our best days behind us? (The Economist: February 8, 2011)

The Difficulty of Making New Discoveries (Wall Street Journal: February 7, 2011)

Pilloried in the elevator (Politiken: January 25, 2011)

A Winning Streak: Heady Research at Any Age (Barron’s: January 15, 2011)

Day 1 for Congress and Other 2011 Highlights (New York Times: January 5, 2011)

The Future of futorology (New Scientist: December 25, 2010/January 1, 2011)

In with the New Scientist: Our predictions for 2011 (New Scientist: December 25, 2010/January 1, 2011)

The Science Breakthroughs That 2011 May Bring (Fox News: December 31, 2010)

Big Think Predictions for 2011 (Bloomberg: December 23, 2010)

Similarities between genetic and textual mutations (Boing Boing: November 19, 2010)

Was Harry Potter’s Hogwarts education any good? (The Answer Sheet | The Washington Post: November 19, 2010)

Did Harry Potter Get A Quality Education At Hogwarts? (The Huffington Post: November 19, 2010)

Clip du jour: Harry gets sorted to Slytherin (PopWatch | Entertainment Weekly: November 15, 2010)

No Wizard Left Behind: Why Hogwarts students are so stupid (Der Spiegel: November 11, 2010)

Harry Potter: Jock or nerd? (The Oregonian: November 10, 2010)

What We’re Reading: For God or Government (Economix blog | The New York Times: November 8, 2010)

Mechanical Proust (Daily Dish | The Atlantic: October 18, 2010)

Foreign Influence (National Affairs | Findings: A Daily Roundup of Academic Studies: October 16, 2010)

Astronomers find ‘potentially’ habitable exoplanet (Physics World: September 29, 2010)

Is there a Moore’s law for science? (New Scientist: September 21, 2010)

We’ll Find an Extrasolar Habitable Planet Next Spring, Scientists Predict (The Atlantic: September 20, 2010)

First Habitable Exoplanet Could Be Discovered by May (Wired: September 20, 2010)

We’ll Find Earth’s Twin by May 2011, Experts Predict (National Geographic: September 16, 2010)

Discovery of the First Earth-Like, Habitable Exoplanet Will Be Announced in May of 2011 (Maybe) (Popular Science: September 15, 2010)

Habitable planet discovery likely in 2011 (CBC News : September 15, 2010)

Discovery of Habitable Earth-Like Planet ‘To Be Announced in May 2011′ (MIT Technology Review | Physics arXiv Blog : September 15, 2010)

Scientometrics: the science of science (Nine to Noon | Radio New Zealand National : August 26, 2010)

Picking winners in science
(New Zealand Herald: August 23, 2010)

In their element: The science of science
(The Independent: August 16, 2010)

Today’s Quote (The Economist: July 20, 2010)

Galactic Guide: Map of the Milky Way (Harvard Magazine : July-August, 2010)

Are streaks fact or fiction? (The Kansas City Star: June 28, 2010)

On the tip of your tongue (Harvard Magazine : May-June, 2010)

Mesofacts, Memes and More: 25 New Tech Words You Need to Know (FOX News : April 7, 2010)

A Gazetteer of Strange Science (The Colin McEnroe Show | WNPR : April 1, 2010) [first 20 minutes]

Se la verità sta nei «fatti di mezzo» (Il Sole 24 Ore: March 21, 2010)

Pittsburgh is a Mesofact. Get used to it! (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: March 11, 2010)

Mesofacts (Future Tense | ABC Radio International: March 11, 2010)

Pondering Mesofacts (Word of Mouth | New Hampshire Public Radio: March 10, 2010) [click here and listen at 17:00]

Mesofacts (Frankfurter Rundschau: March 7, 2010)

New kind of fact of the week (National Post: March 6, 2010)

Mesofacts (The New York Times Schott’s Vocab blog: March 4, 2010)

The ‘mesofacts’ of technology and business (IT World Canada: March 4, 2010)

This may date you (The Globe and Mail: March 2, 2010)

Milky Way Transit Authority (GeekSpeak | KUSP Radio: February 6, 2010) [click here and listen at 22:10]

Welcome to the Milky Way Transit Authority: Big Pic (Discovery News: February 2, 2010)

Gallery: Picture of the Day [cached] (New Scientist: January 29, 2010)

Simplified map of Milky Way created (Hindustan Times: January 22, 2010)

Harvard scientist creates ‘intergalactic tube map of Milky Way’ (The Telegraph: January 21, 2010)

Mind the gap: Scientist creates intergalactic tube map of the Milky Way (The Daily Mail: January 20, 2010)

Pictures of the day: 20 January 2010 (The Telegraph: January 20, 2010)

More Recommended Reading: Bored With Football Stats? Try Fantasy Geopolitics (The New York Times Idea of the Day blog: December 17, 2009)

More Recommended Reading: How to Name an Asteroid George Plimpton (The New York Times Idea of the Day blog: October 7, 2009)

Links: Naming the Sky (Harper’s Magazine Online: October 7, 2009)

In the News: Un Rêve de Livre, Plimpton in Space (The New Yorker Book Bench blog: September 30, 2009)

More Recommended Reading: Things Mathematicians See at the Movies (The New York Times Idea of the Day blog: September 14, 2009)

The Triumph of the Random: Was Joe DiMaggio’s Hitting Streak a Fluke? (The Wall Street Journal: July 3, 2009)

Are We Coins? (Radiolab – WNYC and NPR: June 29, 2009)

When Your Child Is Truly Gifted (Wired News – GeekDad: June 24, 2009)

The Count: Joe Mauer’s Pursuit of Ted Williams (The Wall Street Journal: June 19, 2009)

Fremde Freunde (Foreign Friends) (aspekte: a German cultural news show: April 17, 2009) [for viewing instructions, click here]

Social Studies (Globe and Mail: March 25, 2009) [behind paywall]

The Galaxy at the End of the Universe (Discovery Channel blog: March 4, 2009)

How to Name Your Own Number (The Wall Street Journal: February 17, 2009)

The ‘Your Name Here’ Law of Bluster (The New York Times Idea of the Day blog: February 13, 2009)

Immortality: Getting theories named after you (The Point | CBC Radio: February 13, 2009)

An Easier Way To Get Around (Discover Magazine online blog: January 9, 2009)

Social melting pots foster technological innovation (New Scientist: 2677; October 8, 2008)

Collaboration: Group theory (Nature: 455, 720 – 723; October 8, 2008)

Why Chipper Jones Is Such a Long Shot for .400 (The Wall Street Journal: June 11, 2008)

In Defense of Joe DiMaggio (The Wall Street Journal: April 3, 2008)

Every Old Meme is New Again (Wired News: December 1, 2006)

How the Word Gets Around (Wired News: May 7, 2004) [about the Memespread Project]

Ancient wings unfurled (Nature Science Update: October 27, 2003) [archived at this site]