(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.

Kiss Me, I'm Irish!

First, a chance for you to save a few bucks:  If you're of Irish descent (or have any ties, however tenuous, with anything Irish) feel free to take advantage of a 10 percent discount on almost e

(4) Aristotle vs. (13) Evel Knievel

Tournament of Genius

(4) Aristotle Aristotle's academic lineage alone is enough to get him into the tournament. He was Plato's brightest pupil and tutored a young Alexander the Great.

(5) Marie Curie vs. (12) Linus Pauling

Tournament of Genius

(5) Marie Curie Science's undisputed first lady has a C.V. that may never come along again. Along with her husband Pierre, she discovered the chemical elements polonium and radium.

Growing Tomatoes

Miss Cellania

For each of the last 15 years, I've grown between 50 and 100 tomato plants from seed, which gives me a year's supply of tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato sauce, and salsa.

Brain Game: Bingo for Five

They called themselves the Cinnamon Women, for reasons better left private. Anna, Cora, Erma, Ida and Myra were long-time friends who loved to play bridge.