Law and disorder

Lorraine Daston is one of those historians of science who make scientists uneasy. She made a brilliant debut in 1988 with Classical Probability in the Enlightenment, which presented the history of probability not as a purposeful journey towards theoretical perfection, but as an assortment of social negotiations in which pure reason took second place to … Read more

Order out of disorder

Staging Sibyl was a bold move by the Barbican: a scant hour of progressive dance, music and animation by the South African artist William Kentridge, presented as a hypnotic and unsettling theatrical collage that appeared here for only three nights before moving on to the Ruhrfestpiele in Germany and then to Berkeley, California. The Johannesburg-born … Read more