Tag Archives: Mathematics

What E. O. Wilson got right, what confused him, and what he disrespected

The brilliant conservation and ant biologist E. O. Wilson wrote a bizarre piece for the Wall Street Journal recently. It is modified from an upcoming book of advice for young students. It has inspired an intense flurry of highly negative … Continue reading

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The trouble with theory

Don’t get me wrong. Without theory, we would not know what to look for, or why. We would not make predictions about patterns in nature. I would not have known to put unique marks on wasps, or to look at … Continue reading

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