The universal process
Aging may be the only universal process. Everything does it: living things, rocks, maybe even protons (we’re not sure yet). Despite that—or because of it—we humans have long dreamed of conquering it.
Learning Chess at 40: What I learned trying to keep up with my 4-year-old daughter at the royal game, by Tom Vanderbilt
Why Aging Isn’t Inevitable: The great variety of aging styles among plants and animals suggests it can be controlled, by Josh Mitteldorf & Dorian Sagan
The Father of Modern Metal: The creation of stainless steel took equal parts creativity and perseverance, by Jonathan Waldman
This issue also includes contributions from: Anil Ananthaswamy, Philip Ball, David P. Barash, Stephen Cave, Tasha Eichenseher, Michael Hahn, Peter Hoffman, Lewis A. Lipsitz, Linda Marsa, Justin Nobel, Adam Piore, Huw Price, Daniel Wolf Savin, David Schultz, Michael Segal, David Steinsaltz, Rachel Sussman, Luba Vikhanski, and Ken Wharton.