Articles by Kenneth Silber


Long ago I read somewhere that there are two things that people—or perhaps it's just men—will never admit to being bad at: sex and driving. However, it may be time that Americans confess to an ongoing erosion of skills... Read More

Home Improvement on Mars

It was somewhere amid the kitchens and closets that I caught a glimpse of humanity's future beyond the Earth. For better and worse, I tend to be a "big picture" sort of person. One aspect of this is my... Read More

An Evolving Faith

Angela Rawlett is a college student facing a personal dilemma. Wanting to be a veterinarian, she had planned to major in biology. But this will involve studying evolution, which seems to be in conflict with her Christian faith. Angela's father... Read More

Who's Going to Win?

During the Cold War, some of the fiercest anti-Communists believed their cause was likely to fail. The writer and former Communist Whittaker Chambers sought to rally the West against his erstwhile comrades, but wrote that in making his break from... Read More

Intelligent Debate

Many evolutionists long regarded it as counterproductive to engage in public discussions and debates about Intelligent Design (ID). Doing so, they worried, would give ID publicity and respect that it did not deserve. Plus, it was a waste of time.... Read More

Know Your Moon (and Solar System)

Children have long been fascinated by space, but good children's books about space exploration and astronomy only show up once in a while. Two new books provide valuable guides to the celestial for kids of about 10 years of age... Read More

The Lunar Bureaucrat

In 2013, NASA is scheduled to launch a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope called the James Webb Space Telescope. The planned telescope, unlike Hubble and various other space instruments, is not named after an astronomer or physicist. James E.... Read More

Algebra and Its Enemies

Early this year, Washington Post op-ed columnist Richard Cohen weighed in on a subject about which he, by his own admission, knew nothing. The subject was algebra, and Cohen's column took the form of advice to a young woman who... Read More

A Singular Sensation: The Strad

Some 300 years ago, a technologist in northern Italy built devices that are widely regarded as superior to their counterparts today. Antonio Stradivari (c.1644-1737) constructed over a thousand violins and other instruments. Some Stradivarius violins (his instrumen Read More

The Biologist of Memory

Eric R. Kandel has some vivid memories of his childhood in Vienna, Austria. He remembers the family's seductive housekeeper, Mitzi, who ran off to Czechoslovakia with a repairman. He remembers the battery-powered toy car he was given on his ninth... Read More

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