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BlogMarch 5, 2014Last week (Feb. 26, 2014) I had the pleasure and privilege of giving a talk at the Google office in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts (streamed to other Google offices). I was introduced by Owen Williams (yes, he is a relation), who made the arrangements for the talk. Here it is on video — a forty-minute overview... more»January 26, 2014The Wall Street Journal Online took notice of The Triumph of Human Empire in a review by distinguished environmental historian J.R. McNeill (Jan. 9, 2014): http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303393804579308471737968440 McNeill points out how many of us enjoyed these writers’ works as children: “Millions of... more»December 8, 2013That’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»December 6, 2013One 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»