“Innovation is a dominant ideology of our era,” declare Vinsel and Russell. But it is everyday labour, not the cult of innovation, that is most vital to human flourishing.
Probability — the likeliness that an event will occur — pervades almost every aspect of our lives. So why are we so bad at understanding it?
Nicholas Underhill talks to the famous gambler and Mona founder, David Walsh. He’s a bit all over the place — and probably a genius.
The title of Greatest Sportsperson of All Time is not bequeathed lightly. There’s a fairly short list of names that come to mind: Ali, Federer, Didrikson, Steven Bradbury. But have you ever thought about squash players?
In 2004, the European Space Agency launched a tiny probe into space. Its objective: chase down, orbit, and land on an ancient space rock travelling at 38km/second.
When the great Jewish-Italian writer, Primo Levi, wrote in his memoir If This is a Man that Germans “love order, systems, bureaucracy; even more, although rough and irascible blockheads, they cherish an infantile delight in glittering, many-coloured objects”, he wasn’t simply roasting his captors.