Odysseus und die Sirenen by Alexander Bruckmann, 1829

From Ancient Greece to a TikTok Trend

We know the sirens of Homeric Greece sang a seductive song, but what did they look like, and why are they going viral on social media?
The Cast of Dave Malloy’s Octet. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Art of Digital Addiction

Digital addiction is inspiring plays, books, films, and art -- just as other forms of addiction have in the past.
a Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices by al-Jazari

The Marvelous Automata of Antiquity

Centuries before the computer, whimsical automata pushed the uncanny boundary between human and machine.