The New War on Drugs: How to Fight Back When Big Pharma Goes Too Far

When the Occupy Wall Street movement emerged as the voice of the “99 percent” of Americans who were hit hardest by the Great Recession, the protest put a spotlight on big banks and financial service companies. They were ultimately responsible for the housing crisis that cost millions their homes, their jobs and their savings. Some […]

The Mathematician’s 90th-Birthday Party

I RECENTLY attended a conference in honor of Ivo Babuska, a professor at the University of Texas, with whom I have written several mathematical papers. There were toasts with a crowd-pleasing (if prudently priced) malbec and puns riffing on “singular value decomposition” that elicited much mirth. After all, it was also Ivo’s 90th-birthday party. Ivo […]

The Wisdom of the Aged

After nearly a year of answering questions, John Sorensen posed one of his own: “Do you know what you want to do when you get old?” It was a day of frustration for Mr. Sorensen, whose 92nd birthday was the day after Christmas. He was in the kitchen of his Upper West Side apartment, holding […]