In this issue of maize, we look at seconds, minutes, hours, days, and years from every angle, from history to social norms to arts and science, and even how plants perceive moments. Through compelling storytelling and visuals, we invite you to explore time, and all of its incarnations, with us.
Why do we procrastinate?
Dr. Tim Pychyl takes us into the quicksand of wasting time and why we do it, instead of facing what really needs to get done.
What is longitude?
Every ship captain, sailor, owner, and passenger has one man to thank.
The mystery of time
According to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, it is definitely not “necessary.”
The infinite debate around the reality of hours
Is time a genuine phenomenon, or is it just a metaphor?
The metaphysics of plants
Plants age and rejuvenate, a trunk can live for centuries, a branch might last weeks. This rhythm gives plants a sense of time.
The art of calculation
Diagnosed with savant syndrome, this American artist has a super-calculator power, which drives him to obsessively compute.
The currency of time
In principle, technology should allow us to work less, but in fact, we are working more.
Cartographies of time
What does time look like? Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton curated the first visual history of the timeline.
The timeline of the subconscious
On the psychoanalyst’s couch, the unconscious follows its own timeline, which has nothing to do with the duration of the present.
The book that changed everything
Time travel is one of humankind’s most daring, ambitious, and haunting dreams.
Images are immediate and eternal, translating to frozen moments.
The invention of modern time
The Greenwich Meridian is the ruler of clocks. But before 1884, there was no universal system of timekeeping, nor time zones.
The immortality of animals
Some sea creatures live forever, and flies expire in a day. For humans, death is inevitable, but not necessarily for animals.
by Henry Albert
Zoned out on timezones
Time zones are weird and full of contradictions, approximations and exceptions, but manage to work surprisingly well.
by Henry Albert
How to open a time portal
How video games transport us to states flow, as we experience time indirectly while processing information from our other senses.
Chronemics and cultures
We plan for the future through calendars and diaries. But not every culture looks at time in this western way.
by Lynn Cole
A brief history of time
Our awareness of time — how we measure and explain it — is one of the most distinguishing features of humans.
How to bend time
American theoretical physicist, Ronald Mallett, spent his whole life discovering how to bend time, and now he’s found the answer.
by Liz Shemaria
When at sea
Sailor Giovanni Soldini’s sense of time where there is no elsewhere, no desires, and few doubts about how to use your time.
The dictatorship of the clock
Neuropsychologist Marc Wittmann tries to solve the riddle of felt time, where neither too much or too little is ideal.
maize is a triannual magazine powered by H-FARM, an international hub for innovation, education and entrepreneurship, that explores the complexities of innovation and the shifting dichotomy between technology and evolution through the lens of philosophy, arts, and humanities.
Each issue of maize is an aesthetic monograph, which explores a central topic through compelling interviews, reports, short stories, personal essays and visuals. This magazine is for those who love open discussions, philosophical ideas, and contemporary thoughts. It is also for those who are eager to discover new ways to develop foresight, be inspired, make informed decisions, and participate in the innovation process—all while staying human.