Stuart Firestein

Jun. 01, 2012

Why Ignorance Trumps Knowledge in Scientific Pursuit

Neuroscientist Stuart Firestein discusses why ignorance is key to scientific discovery.

research, scientific method, curiosity, ignorance, neuroscientist, Stuart Firestein

Aug. 27, 2010

The Science of Smell

What goes on in the nose and brain when we smell a smell?

smell, aroma, scent

Mar. 19, 2010

New Play Lays Lenin to Rest

A new play looks at two scientists charged, on Stalin's orders, with a serious task -- finding a way to preserve Lenin's corpse for posterity.

theater, theatre, play, embalmers, lenin, stalin, russia

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The Myth of the Woolly Bear

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