That’s the judgment of The Economist. I am pleased that it lists The Triumph of Human Empire among the best writing of 2013 in its “science and technology” category, with this citation:
“A magnificent attempt to recapture the sense, so prevalent at the end of the 19th century, that the world was finished,... more»
One of the current terms for describing the contemporary world is “the Age of the Anthropocene,” meaning the” age of man” as a new geological age based on an unprecedented human ability to alter the planet. It is a useful and striking term, but I have always felt its shortcoming is that it reduces human history... more»
Today, along with every American of my generation, I turned my lonely eyes to Dallas, then to Arlington National Cemetery, and then to the void. What went to the grave with Kennedy that is still missing a half century later?
The usual answers involve hope, dreams, idealism. You hear them in Kennedy’s 1963 commencement address at... more»