In a postCold War, post-9/11 world, the UN feels anything but united. Six Columbia insiders comment on the future of an embattled institution.an American temptress on Chinese television gave Rachel DeWoskin a matchless insight into East-West misunderstandings. Her millions of fans taught her a lot about herself, too.
String Is the Thing
With best-selling books and late-night TV appearances, Brian Greene is making higher-dimensional physics more accessible. by JR Minkel
Under the direction of Mary Marshall Clark, Columbia’s Oral History Research Office is changing how we think about what we remember. by Paul Hond
The Future Tents
Kinetic sculptor Chuck Hoberman’s collapsible toys have implications far beyond the playroom. by David J. Craig
A Literary Filiation
Norman Podhoretz was Lionel Trilling’s star pupil, but the relationship grew complicated as the student came into his own. by Thomas L. Jeffers
The King of Maps
John Tauranac puts the art (and heart) in cartography, and helps us see New York from above and below. by Jessica Ullian
The Columbian Candidate
Nicholas Murray Butler, the president of Columbia University from 1902 to 1945, wanted a slightly bigger job. An excerpt from Michael Rosenthal’s biography examines Butler’s political aspirations.