(2) Thomas Edison vs. (15) Richard James

Tournament of Genius

(2) Thomas Edison The sheer scope of Edison's inventiveness is staggering. The Wizard of Menlo Park held a record 1,093 patents when he died in 1931.

(3) Michelangelo vs. (14) Adolphus Busch

Tournament of Genius

(3) Michelangelo When he was alive, people thought Michelangelo was the best artist in the world. Since his death in 1564, that esteem hasn't faded much.

Brain Game: The Elite Eight

I live in Michigan, and people often have to ask what the two-letter postal abbreviation is for our state. It's a pain sometimes, but living in Michigan is beneficial in other ways, such as bein

Morning Cup of Links: Welcome, Spring!

Miss Cellania

Vernal Equinox 2009: Facts on the First Day of Spring.

The Capital's Court Painter: Greta Kempton

Andréa Fernandes

This Sunday will mark the 106th (or 108th, according to some sources) birthday of Greta Kempton (1903-1991).

(6) John Maynard Keynes vs. (11) Adam Smith

Tournament of Genius

(6) John Maynard Keynes When laissez-faire economists fell flat on their face in the late 1920s, there was an opening for a brilliant mind to prompt a sea change in economic thinking.

(7) Hypatia vs. (10) Marilyn vos Savant

Tournament of Genius

(7) Hypatia Think sexism kept women out of math until fairly recently? Think again.

(2) Benjamin Franklin vs. (15) Pat and Harry Olivieri

Tournament of Genius

(2) Benjamin Franklin Possibly the first great American genius, Franklin was many things. Statesman. Diplomat. Almanac writer. Bifocal inventor. Ill-timed flyer of kites.

The Quick 10: 10 Things You Can Contribute to March Madness Conversations

Stacy Conradt

I'm not very into basketball.

How to Roll Like Ben Franklin

Chris Higgins

Benjamin Franklin was kind of a big deal. He penned Poor Richard's Almanack, invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the rockin' glass harmonica, and a bunch of other great stuff.

5 Things I Learned By Being the World's Worst Evangelist

Special Guest Star

We're excited to have author, journalist, and Brown University senior (he's still a senior!) Kevin Roose blogging with us this week.

What's a Ute? How 22 Tourney-Bound Schools Got Their Nicknames

Ethan Trex

When the NCAA Tournament tips off, you may know every team's star player and its odds to win the title. But how well do you know the mascots?

Our '25 Books' Issue, Out in the World

Jason English

Reader Ashley Field works at University Book Store in Mill Creek, WA. She arranged a display inspired by our recent issue, and she was kind enough to send us a picture.

(1) Thomas Jefferson vs. (16) Bill James

Tournament of Genius

(1) Thomas Jefferson The scouting report on our third president is awe-inspiring. Declarer of Independence. Purchaser of Louisiana. Designer of buildings. Founder of universities.

(8) John Stuart Mill vs. (9) Humphrey Bogart

Tournament of Genius

(8) John Stuart Mill Although he sometimes gets lost in the shuffle in discussions of history's great thinkers, Mill's genius bona fides are hard to question.