Samuel Arbesman

Samuel Arbesman is the scientist in residence at Lux Capital, a science and technology venture-capital firm. He is the author of Overcomplicated:Technology at the Limits of Comprehension.

The Limits of Urban Planning With LEGOs

What's lost when anything is possible.

The Needlessly Inscrutable Geography of Scientific Funding

Data are scarce, but a look at grants from the National Institutes of Health gives us at least a partial picture.

Why America's Religious Jews May Not Be Able to Move Back Downtown

Constructing the necessary "religious infrastructure" takes much more effort in existing dense neighborhoods.

The Mathematical Puzzle That Is the Complexity of the City

How, if at all, can we quantify the relative complexity of a place?

The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture

We can be connected (or disconnected) based on where we move, how we speak, and even what sports teams we root for.

How Big Is Your City, Really?

When our sense of a place distorts its actual size.

Do Rankings Affect Our Opinions of Cities?

What we think about different places also depends on where we live