Chesley Bonestell, “The Exploration of Mars” (1953), oil on board, 143/8 x 28 inches, gift of William Estler, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Reproduced courtesy of Bonestell LLC.

Real Numbers

Sometimes the best way to tell a story is through numbers. This collection of Real Numbers columns uses data visualization to illuminate an extensive range of topics, including the effects of extreme weather and natural disasters, the international evolution of high-tech industries, the increasing number of underrepresented groups in scientific leadership positions, and much more.