Philosophy & History

Karl Marx and the Problem with Work

That every individual is required to work is a social convention and disciplinary apparatus rather than an economic necessity.

Science & Technology

How Set Theory Evolved From Hausdorff Until Today

In his work on set theory, Felix Hausdorff set the tone for modern mathematics at a time when no general foundation for the different mathematical disciplines existed.

Science & Technology

Cryptography: Decoding the Mathematics of Secret Messages

How can we keep private information private in the digital age? The answer to this question, cryptography, is a hybrid discipline using mathematics, computer science, and statistics. It has a rich history and is bound to become even more important in the future.

Language & Culture

What’s the Most Offensive Word You Can Think Of?

There are some really offensive words stored in our mental lexicon. And regardless of whether we use these terms or not, we know that they have some particular features and effects that ordinary words do not. We know, for instance, that slur terms are offensive, and that some are more offensive than others. I conducted an empirical study with German native speakers to find out more about these terms and the differences in their offensiveness.

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