Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House,

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • Uncles aside, we went into the humanities because we were bad at math and science, but it’s becoming less and less of a refuge. For example, this week we discovered that math techniques in image analysis can be used to distinguish copies from originals, restore cracks and fading, and more.
  • We hope you already know about JSTOR Daily, an online magazine that combines current news with scholarship. If you don’t, this story about the forgotten pyramids of Sudan is a nice place to start.