The Atlantic asked a dozen scientists, historians, and technologists to rank the top innovations in history. Here are the results.
The venture capitalist John Doerr predicts two coming breakthroughs
We rely on computers to fly our planes, find our cancers, design our buildings, audit our businesses. That's all well and good. But what happens when the computer fails?
Bourbon makers attempt to perfect a 2,000-year-old invention.
Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, thinks we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means. His stubborn quest to replicate the human mind
How Anita Bryant, Jerry Falwell, and Orson Scott Card have advanced the cause of gay rights
You know ... if you're into the whole brevity thing
A keyboard layout for the thumb-typing generation
Investors love Jeff Bezos's global-everything store, even though they aren't making any money from it yet—and it's not clear how they will.
Behind the phenomenon of pet/owner resemblance
The star of a new Pakistani cartoon fights crime in a decidedly modest getup.
A very short book excerpt
Our advice columnist to the rescue
A prayer journal kept by the writer in her early 20s sheds new light on her biblical ironies.
Gender dynamics on a transgressive, guy-dominated foodie frontier
As a glance at Europe shows, it's not as easy as it looks.
By getting his folk-musician friends together and making soundtracks, a once-quirky record producer has stirred up a roots-music revival.
The illuminations of familiar culture in a foreign setting
Squaring recent research suggesting we're "naturally moral" with all the strife in the world
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Confession, paired for the first time
What was the best fictional meal ever?