"The Test"
When Edward Frenkel is told he won't be accepted to a Russian university because his father is Jewish, he decides to take the admissions exam anyway.
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Jess Zimmerman
When your asshole boyfriend is a philosopher of neuroscience (explicit)
Writer Jess Zimmerman discovers the dangers of dating a philosopher of neuroscience who thinks he knows what's really happening in her head.
Jon Ronson
A journalist interviews a robot
Journalist Jon Ronson is excited when he hears about some 'sentient' robots, but when he goes to interview them he finds both less and more than he ever expected.
Andre Fenton
The twisting road from basic brain research to helping malaria patients
Andre Fenton always wanted to do research at the most fundamental level -- to uncover basic truths about memory and how it works, never mind how useful. But a friend's accident unexpectedly leads to him inventing a spectacularly useful, and lifesaving, device.
Robin and Samantha Henig
The rules of writing with your daughter (explicit)
Robin Marantz Henig and her daughter, Samantha, decided to write a book together about life as a twentysomthing. There was just one problem -- how to handle the bits you don't want to talk about with your mother?
Colin Jerolmack
How a sociologist became The Pigeon Guy (explicit)
Colin Jerolmack was floundering in grad school until he found deep insights into human nature... from pigeons.
Kelly & Zach Weinersmith
Two nerds fall in love (explicit)
Biologist Kelly Smith and comic artist Zach Weiner were having trouble dating, until they met online and realized what they each needed was another nerd.
Anica Rissi
Confessions of a fourth-grade science fraud
Anica Rissi realizes the true purpose of her science project: to increase her popularity. But how far is she willing to go?
Tara Clancy
A bartender from Queens learns theoretical physics (explicit)
Tara Clancy's worry over making bad life choices leads her to think about all the things she doesn't know -- and from there, obviously, to theoretical physics.
Heather Berlin
Can a scientist believe in life after death?
Her grandmother's death forces neuroscientist Heather Berlin to think hard about what she believes, and why.
Stephen McCarthy
Certainty in a cult (explicit)
Science provides an insight for Stephen McCarthy, whose unusual upbringing started when his parents were told to marry by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.