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Random Walk

What's Middle About the Middle Ages?
by Warren C. Brown
A medieval historian explains why the Dark Ages weren't dark at all and why they are fun to study.

Quantum Computing
E&S presents two undergraduate essays written for the new Core lab (Science Writing) requirement.

Speed Dependence and Crack Addiction
by Ares J. Rosakis
It's not as bad as it sounds—Caltech fracture mechanicians are studying cracks, not smoking it, and they've found some surprising things.

Books — Arnold O. Beckman: One Hundred Years of Excellence by Arnold Thackray and Minor Myers, Jr.

Obituaries: Herschel K. Mitchell

Faculty File