| Jul 8, 2012
Why Does the World Exist?
An Existential Detective Story
Liveright: 310 pp., $27.95
"How old is the Universe?" Kurt Vonnegut asked in his 1973 novel "Breakfast of Champions." "It is one half-second...
| Jan 30, 2012
If you don't believe in horoscopes, you're in step with science. But that's not the same as saying the season of your birth cannot affect your fate. Hundreds of studies, published in peer-reviewed journals, have suggested that the month a person is born...
| Jul 22, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Alexander Cockburn, the radical and acerbic journalist who had written longtime columns in both the conservative Wall Street Journal and the leftist outlet the Nation, died Friday in Germany. He was 71.
The influential writer had...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 2:24 PM
Cancer lends itself to the realms of myth.
Siddhartha Mukherjee gave the disease some regal treatment in the title of his prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies," but cancer's no emperor. It's a beast.
Where actual mythological monsters are...
| Nov 19, 2012
Bertram Wyatt-Brown, an American history professor who wrote widely on Southern history and culture and whose book on honor in the antebellum South was a 1983 Pulitzer Prize finalist, died Nov. 5 of pulmonary fibrosis in Baltimore. He was 80.
| Nov 14, 2012
| 6:56 PM
Annie Lydens is accustomed to juggling a demanding academic schedule at Pomona College and her running career for Pomona-Pitzer with equally exceptional results.
Lydens, a senior, has a 3.99 grade-point average while studying philosophy, politics and...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Japan to bestow arts honors on Judi Dench, Bill Viola...
| Aug 15, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Many Harvard and Wharton business students got undergraduate degrees from the same universities...
| Sep 3, 2011
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As the Palestinian Authority is getting ready to ask the United Nations to accept the West Bank and Gaza Strip within the 1967 borders as a member state, a legal opinion by an Oxford University international-law professor has provoked second thoughts...
| Apr 28, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Oxford University Press has confirmed that an abridged version of William Walton's "Crown Imperial March" will be the recessional music played when Prince William and Kate Middleton walk back down the the aisle at Westminster Abbey after their wedding...
| May 1, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Copies of Kate's dress, flowers and the cake appeared in shop windows hours after the wedding and will be copied by brides all over the world. Although not as immediate, the wedding music too has a knock-on effect....