Jim Holt

Jim Holt is a longtime contributor to The New Yorker—where he has written on string theory, time, infinity, numbers, truth, and bullshit, among other subjects—and the author of Stop Me If You’ve Heard This. He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He lives in Greenwich Village, New York City.

The Breakfast Table
May 6 2002 2:15 PMThe Byronic "Lay"
April 22 2002 2:25 PMTerrorism and the PhilosophersCan the ends ever justify the means?
Feb. 1 2002 11:16 AMThinking Inside the Boxes"Newcomb's Problem" still flummoxes the great philosophers.
Aug. 5 1998 3:30 AMWhat's in a Face?The evidence of the hands.
May 29 1998 3:30 AMFolie ?The sad story of mad genius John Nash.
High Concept
Feb. 12 1998 3:30 AMBig-Bang TheologyGod makes a cosmological comeback.
April 9 1997 3:30 AMCafe SociologyWhat made Studio 54 great?
High Concept
July 24 1996 3:30 AMBeauty's TruthA defense of scientific elegance.
The Breakfast Table
May 6 2002 11:12 AMLe Pen Notes
March 6 2002 3:54 PMUncertainty About the Uncertainty PrincipleCan't anybody get Heisenberg's big idea right?
The Book Club
June 30 1999 12:18 AM
The Book Club
Nov. 1 1998 3:30 AMBorges, Moore, and Munro 
May 13 1998 3:30 AMGoings On About TownThe secret loves of William Shawn.
High Concept
Aug. 13 1997 3:30 AMWhat Is Light?No one really has the faintest idea.
High Concept
Nov. 13 1996 3:30 AMSome GeniusMaybe Leonardo wasn't such a great scientist after all.



The End of Pregnancy

And the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.

Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York City

How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Took Control of the Entire Porn Industry

The Hot New Strategy for Desperate Democrats

Blame China for everything.

The Questions That Michael Brown’s Autopsies Can’t Answer


Kiev Used to Be an Easygoing Place

Now it’s descending into madness.


Don’t Just Sit There

How to be more productive during your commute.

There Has Never Been a Comic Book Character Like John Constantine

Which Came First, the Word Chicken or the Word Egg?

  News & Politics
The Slate Quiz
Oct. 24 2014 12:10 AM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
Oct. 23 2014 5:53 PM Amazon Investors Suddenly Bearish on Losing Money
Oct. 23 2014 5:08 PM Why Is an Obscure 1968 Documentary in the Opening Credits of Transparent?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 6:55 PM A Goodfellas Actor Sued The Simpsons for Stealing His Likeness. Does He Have a Case?
Oct. 23 2014 11:47 PM Don’t Just Sit There How to be more productive during your commute.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 24 2014 7:00 AM Gallery: The Partial Solar Eclipse of October 2014
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.