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Charles Seife
Charles Seife, a professor of journalism at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has been writing about physics and mathematics for a decade and a half. He is the author of five books, Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea (2000), which won the 2000 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction; Alpha & Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe (2003); Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, From Our Brains to Black Holes (2005); Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking (2008), which won the 2009 Davis Prize from the History of Science Society; Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception (2010), and Virtual Unreality (to be published summer 2014).

Before arriving at NYU, Seife was a writer for Science magazine and had been a U.S. correspondent for New Scientist. His writing has also appeared in The Economist, Scientific American, Slate, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Discover, ProPublica, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. He has also been a scientific consultant and writer for television documentaries about science and mathematics.

Seife holds an A.B. in mathematics from Princeton University, an M.S. in mathematics from Yale University, and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. He lives in New York City with his wife Meridith and his children, Eliza and Daniel.

Entries by Charles Seife

What NASA Is For: Straight From the Panda's Mouth

(15) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 6:23 PM

A furious panda is a thing to behold.

Ordinarily, a panda seems to be superlatively peaceful, diffidently munching bamboo. But when it gets angry, it betrays its true nature -- it's fundamentally a carnivore trying to play itself off as a herbivore. And failing.

Last week, in...

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A Military Fable

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 10:23 AM

It might seem that four hundred billion dollars doesn't go as far as it used to. On Friday, the Pentagon grounded all of its brand new and enormously expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes -- and that's not the most embarrassing defense-project news this year. A

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Killing the Census

(32) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 6:33 PM

The census is an endangered species. Around the world, it is systematically being hunted down -- and it is now at the edge of extinction.

You might think that the census is an inoffensive creature, fretted over only by the wonkiest of bean-counters.

However, it's a very powerful animal. It...

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Between Fact and Fantasy: Polling and the Media

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 3:33 PM

Last week, the media world was treated to an incredibly rare event: a journalist met a poll he didn't like.

It's not just one poll, in fact, but dozens. If Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos website, is correct, he's been running bogus surveys on his website...

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