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Arthur Compton and the mysteries of light

For nearly 20 years, Einstein’s quantum theory of light was disputed on the basis that light was a wave. In 1922 Compton’s x-ray scattering experiment proved light’s dual nature, writes Erik Henriksen.

A look at Algerian anonymity

Lacy Murphy, a graduate student fellow in the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences, explores why Americans know so little about Algeria and why the country may mistrust Western nations. But, Murphy said, Algeria plays an important role in global politics and is among Africa’s most advanced in counterterrorism and global energy.

‘Treating the whole patient all at once’

In this episode of the “Show Me the Science” podcast, learn more about the Living Well Center, a site for orthopedic issues that focuses on health care rather than sick care.

Students ready to be back on campus

Senior Amanda Sherman is back to ambush — ahem, interview — Washington University in St. Louis students (and a WashU canine) about the new academic year.


Is privacy dead?

Is privacy dead?

In a new book, “Why Privacy Matters,” one of the world’s leading experts in privacy law, Neil Richards, the Koch Distinguished Professor in Law and co-director of the Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law, argues privacy is not dead, but up for grabs.

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Louis I Kahn

Revised and expanded 2nd edition

Sovereign Joy

Afro-Mexican Kings and Queens, 1539-1640