Nature is full of “mistakes,” from improperly copied genes to animals deceiving each other. Even foundational physics has shed some of its air of mathematical inevitability, and wrestles with why we live in a universe that is “right” for life. Is there a “wrong” universe out there? And how does the scientist negotiate this hall of mirrors, and come out clutching the Truth?
- Top 10 Design Flaws in the Human Body: From our knees to our eyeballs, our bodies are full of hack solutions, by Chip Rowe
- Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking: How Julian Jaynes’ famous 1970s theory is faring in the neuroscience age, by Veronique Greenwood
- How Math’s Most Famous Proof Nearly Broke: Andrew Wiles thought he had a solution to an age-old puzzle. Until it began to unravel. By Peter Brown
- This issue also includes contributions from: Philip Ball, Yvonne Bang, David P. Barash, Kelly Clancy, Brian Gallagher, Bob Henderson, Courtney Humphries, Jude Isabella, David Kushner, Adam Marcus, Richard E. Nisbett, Ivan Oransky, Lydia Pyne, Siobhan Roberts, Ransom Stephens, and Elizabeth Svoboda.