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Original Essays | April 11, 2014 0 comments
I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
Edward BelbrunoDescribe your latest book/project.
This book, entitled Fly Me to the Moon: An Insider's View of the New Science of Space Travel, features the rescue of a Japanese spacecraft using a revolutionary route to the Moon. This route was discovered by the author shortly after being let go from his position at a NASA center since it was felt his ideas on space travel had no applications. The route spectacularly vindicated his work. The book is about this process of discovery, and about the entire subject which grew out of this on the use of low fuel pathways in space not just for spacecraft, but also for comets and asteroids. Current discoveries in astronomy and new missions to the planets are also discussed. The book is part memoir and part mathematics and science book also explaining the ideas behind the theory in a very accessible way for the general audience.
The thrill of sharing my experiences and sharing knowledge.
Describe your favorite childhood teacher and how that teacher influenced you.
Have you ever taken the Geek Test? How did you rate?
What do you do for relaxation?
What was your favorite book as a kid?
What new technology do you think may actually have the potential for making people's lives better?
If you could be reincarnated for one day to live the life of any scientist or writer, who would you choose?
What was your best subject in high school? Your worst?
What are some of the things you'd like your computer to do that it cannot now do?
Describe the best museum of science and/or industry you've ever visited and what made it great.
All these museums have fabulous exhibits on everything rocks, gems, meteorites, nice views of the stars. The Hayden has fabulous simulations of black holes and flying through the universe as we know it. These museums transport you to another world.
By the end of your life, where do you think humankind will be in terms of new science and technological advancement?
I think in terms of science, we will find that the universe is far more complex and mysterious than we ever imagined. It is likely we will be contacted formally by another extra-solar civilization to have discussions about how our civilization fits in to a much bigger galactic group of civilizations.
In terms of technology, our technology may have intelligent computers and robots that can help us out. Wireless electricity and communication will be everywhere and wires will be gone. Cars will not use gasoline. Space travel will be commonplace. Video screens will be paper thin and everywhere for walls, floors, etc. Computers, celphones, ipods, cameras, DVD players will be in one device that will be tiny and probably be under our skin under voice control. Cities will probably have to be built under huge domes to provide a clean and normal atmosphere.
Which country do you believe currently leads the world in science and technology? In ten years?