Editors in Chief

Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan (usually just Sid) is a final year English student at Oxford. His interests include Old Irish literature, speculative fiction, and martial arts - though they're probably not all related.

Dan Mercer is a final year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student at Oxford. His interests range from aesthetics to Sub-Saharan African politics, which you can either interpret as broad and eclectic or hopelessly unfocused.

Editors at Large

Uri Bram writes popular non-fiction books with a conceptual approach to mathematical, scientific and analytical thinking. He is the author of Thinking Statistically and Write Harder. He likes trying really hard to express himself clearly in words and pictures. He feels a little self-conscious right now about his inability to name any hobbies.

Andrew Bergman is a PhD student in physics at Harvard University. He has previously worked at Princeton and NYU. His interests include soft matter and other thrilling physics things. He is the ultimate Ultimate player.

Hannah Vazquez is earning her MA in International Studies at American University. She graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with a BA in Comparative Literature and worked as a full-time tutor before going abroad to spend four months in Amman, Jordan. Hannah has studied Arabic, French, German, and Korean, but still gets inordinately excited about the English language and all its nonsensical vagaries. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and a really good pad see ew.

Behavioural Science

Jess Whittlestone is a PhD student in Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School. She's interested in how we can improve people's reasoning and decision making abilities, given what we know about the various ways in which people are (supposedly) so biased and irrational. She did her first degree in Maths and Philosophy because she enjoys breaking down problems into their purest form and trying to solve them, but she's since realised that she wants to apply this to more real world problems. She blogs at

Computer Science

Jesse Dunietz is a Ph.D. student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches computers to understand language, coaxing them to stitch the pieces of a sentence into a coherent interpretation. He is also the founding president of the Public Communication for Researchers program at CMU, and writes for Science Non Fiction. He is easily distracted by birds.


Noah Bate is trying to make a life for himself as a fantasy author in New York City. He is fascinated by the underlying factors that shape the international system, and wants to better understand the logic behind important global processes and institutions. His passions are strategy games and craft beer.


Melecia Wright is a PhD student in Nutrition Epidemiology at the University at North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She graduated from Princeton in 2011 with a degree in Molecular Biology and a certificate in Environmental Studies. Melecia loves food and enjoys engaging in discussions pertaining to agriculture, nutrition biochemistry and the epidemiology of food-related lifestyle diseases.


Vinayak Venkataraman is a rising second-year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine. He graduated from Princeton in 2011 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and certificate in Bioengineering. After graduating, he worked with Dr. Ray Dorsey at Johns Hopkins, researching the feasibility and value of using web-based videoconferencing (i.e. telemedicine) to expand access to care for patients with Parkinson disease. Outside of medicine, Vinayak is the author of an awesome novella and loves Indian cooking, tennis, and coffee.

Rachel Corbin is a medical student at Washington University in St. Louis. She studied biology at Yale and, upon graduation, relocated to rural China for two years to teach in a high school while studying Chinese. She enjoys dancing, learning languages, and talking to strangers.


Jordy Greenblatt is a PhD student in pure math at UCLA doing research in harmonic analysis. His other intellectual interests include physics and history but he likes to spend his free time juggling and playing harmonica. He co-writes the humor blog Put It All on Red and contributes to Trop and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

Maths and Physics

Ben Schaffer is a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, having majored in physics as an undergraduate. His research is focused on ecohydrology, particularly in modeling the stochastic interplay between vegetation and soil moisture. He likes teaching physics and math, and frequently tries to incorporate them into his moonlight career as a theater technician. He also has a strong interest in how statistical reasoning (or the lack thereof) influences behavior, decision making, law and policy. He rides his bicycle everywhere, and thinks you should too.


Elyse Powell is a PhD student in Nutrition Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She's interested in how social and environmental determinants impact food purchasing, and everything to do with sugar. She completed her bachelor's degree at Princeton University in 2011, where she studied Psychology and Neuroscience. Elyse loves to rock climb, cycle, and generally spend all of her time outside.


Shivani Radhakrishnan is a PhD student at Columbia in philosophy. She previously studied at Princeton and Oxford. Her philosophical interests include legal philosophy, epistemology, and aesthetics. When she's not doing philosophy, she enjoys Russian film and writing.


Tom Miller is a Mechanical Engineer, Math and Physics Tutor, and self-learning fanboy. He writes and solves problems at WTF Professor, his most recent project aimed at simplifying physics for college students.


Ali Horowitz is a PhD student in psychology at Stanford University. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester in 2008. She is especially fascinated by language, and how children (and adults!) reason about communication. She also enjoys singing, crafting, and animal documentaries.


Amit Chowdhry is an MD-PhD student at the University of Rochester, currently working toward his PhD in statistics. His research focuses on making accurate inferences when combining the results of multiple studies (meta-analysis). In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading about other branches of science, and volunteering at a student-run free clinic.

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