The philosophers knew it first. “Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together,” wrote Thomas Carlyle in 1831. Since then, science has redefined the word.
- How to Tell If You’re a Supertaster: For one thing, you won’t like IPAs, by Rob DeSalle
- Cormac McCarthy Returns to the Kekulé Problem: Answers to questions and questions that cannot be answered, by Cormac McCarthy
- The Rise and Fall of the English Sentence: The surprising forces influencing the complexity of the language we speak and write, by Julie Sedivy
- This issue also includes contributions from: Dorsa Amir, Jim Baggott, Philip Ball, Kevin Berger, Mark Bowen, Andrew Curry, Lucas Ellerbroek, Veronique Greenwood, Sy Montgomery, Mary Pilon, Siobhan Roberts, Michael J. Ryan, Eric Schwitzgebel, Michael Segal, Mark Shumelda, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, and Slavoj Žižek.