Weekly Geekery



Why Finnish women matter to the history of science fiction.

Holiday science books: let visions of squid and sarcophagi dance in their heads.

Astronauts survive thanks to a black female mathematician.

This robot could make your toddler Mark Zuckerberg. (Minus the billions.)

The English PhD who revolutionized at-home food science.

The stormy story behind A Wrinkle in Time.


Logo art by Max Winter.

Julia F. P. Ostmann writes from Southern California about nineteenth-century mushrooms, hybrid burritos, and brain science. Next year she’s excited to move into Stephen Hawking’s old dorm at Cambridge, where she'll be studying history and philosophy of science. If you follow her at @JuliaOstmann, she will probably retweet you. More from this author →