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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet by Steven Squyres
Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet

Richard Yarnell, August 5, 2012

As a new rover prepares to provide "7 minutes of terror" for its handlers, I dusted off Steve Squyres account of Spirit and Opportunity, those wildly successful mid-size rovers that, between them, proved there once was a lot of water on Mars.

Dr. Squyres manages to humanize the almost inhuman process of designing, building, and gaining approval for his ambitious exploration of Mars. If you read the book, make sure you glance through the appendix that contains over 5000 names of those who devoted years to the project.

The landing of an even more ambitious and capable machine on August 6th, 2012 is yet another extension of our capacity to formulate questions and then to seek answers that may or may not have practical applications in our lifetimes but which help us to understand our place in the cosmos and the very long history our our corner of space.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that you come away with a better understanding of the people behind the amazing machines.
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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon

Richard Yarnell, January 2, 2010

There's enough fact in this story to enable the reader to surrender to its incredible complexity. On top of the technical virtuosity on which the premise is based, it's a pretty good adventure story. This is one of the few fiction books that I've read twice in relatively quick succession.
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Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore
Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis

Richard Yarnell, January 1, 2010

This book continues Gore's thoughtful and passionate defense of the planet. The intellectual argument has always been there: in this book, the illustrations, photos in abundance, make the problems we face real and compelling.
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Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn
Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

Richard Yarnell, January 1, 2010

One of the most important books of the decade, ranking, in my view, ahead of the unreasonably maligned contributions of Gore.
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Anathem
Anathem

Richard Yarnell, October 8, 2008

Not the magnificent puzzle of Cyrptonomicon: Anathem defines all the terms of the adventure.

Nonetheless, its scope is breathtaking and absorbing.

There's an inherent uneaven flow, with action abruptly stopped for exposition of philosophy and observation of our world through fictional sensibilities.

A terrific book for those who are growing beyond fantasy fiction or who need neutral ground, more or less, on which to work out their own misgivings with our own complex world.
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