Shenzhen speech puts Xi on the clock – Asia Times

In 2012, Xi Jinping promised market forces would play a “decisive” role in economic decision-making. On Wednesday (October 14) in Shenzhen, the Chinese president finally gave the globe a glimpse of what that might look like. The where of this very, very big story is obvious to any Asia watcher. Forty years ago Shenzhen, a town at [...]

China: Charting a Course Between Conflict and Accommodation – OZY | A Modern Media Company

Our China strategy will require the flexibility to adjust to changing circumstances, but starting principles could include: A determination to compete aggressively on all measures of power and influence and to implement this with an American “whole-of-government” effort — that is, a strategy that marshals all parts of the U.S. government in a coordinated manner [...]

A cultural history of theatre in antiquity – Bryn Mawr Classical Review

The cultural history of theatre in Antiquity (meaning Greek and Roman civilisations) is the first volume of a collection of six books that explores the cultural history of theatre from a chronological (since Antiquity) and thematic point of view (each volume contains the same ten chapter headings). The focus of this work is not on [...]

2,000 year-old Julius Caesar ‘assassination coin’ surfaces, may be worth millions | Fox News

“It was made in 42 B.C., two years after the famous assassination, and is one of the most important and valuable coins of the ancient world," said Mark Salzberg, chairman of Sarasota, Fla.-based Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, which confirmed the coin’s authenticity, in a statement obtained by Fox News. The front has a portrait of Marcus Junius Brutus, [...]

Jules Verne’s Most Famous Books Were Part of a 54-Volume Masterpiece, Featuring 4,000 Illustrations: See Them Online | Open Culture

Not many readers of the 21st century seek out the work of popular writers of the 19th century, but when they do, they often seek out the work of Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days: fair to say that we [...]

Women in Science & Engineering on Nautilus: How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math

As I discovered, having a basic, deep-seated fluency in math and science—not just an “understanding,” is critical. It opens doors for many of life’s most intriguing jobs. Looking back, I realize that I didn’t have to just blindly follow my initial inclinations and passions. The “fluency” part of me that loved literature and language was [...]

Cosmos on Nautilus: The Crisis of the Multiverse

If the universe, like a box of gas, can exist in only a finite number of available states, theory predicts that we are Boltzmann brains, which conflicts with observations, not to mention common sense. If, on the contrary, the universe has an infinite number of available states, then our usual statistical techniques are not predictive, [...]