Articles by Edward Tenner
The Improbable Practicality of the Humanities
Friday, September 5, 2014
- Prospects for the humanities can be more promising than ever.
Peanut Butter’s Many Inventors
Friday, August 15, 2014
- The popular product illustrates both the opportunities and the risks of intellectual property.
Big Data: Here to Stay, but with Caveats
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
- Criticism of big data is due to three paradoxes. For starters, it's ubiquitous but hard to define.
The Refrigerator's Cool Century
Thursday, July 3, 2014
- The home refrigerator, a vital but modest technology, is 100 years old.
Bernard Mandeville, Psychiatrist in the Marketplace
Saturday, May 10, 2014
- Published 300 years ago, what made The Fable of the Bees radical wasn’t the idea that the passions could serve the public good. It was that the burgeoning ...
Could Computers Get Too Smart?
Friday, February 7, 2014
- Some scientists and philosophers worry that artificial intelligence may someday make humanity superfluous.
Higher Education’s Internet Revolution
Thursday, December 26, 2013
- The biggest surprise about Massive Open Online Courses is how conservative they are.
Tomorrow's Technological Breakthroughs: Hiding in Plain Sight?
Thursday, November 28, 2013
- A look back at the Depression era reminds us to be skeptical of the technological pessimism of some leading economists today — few people foresaw just which ...
The Value of Scientific Prizes
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
- As the number of prizes for scientific achievement rises, the debate over their effects on scientists and science continues.
Dreams of a New Atlantic-Pacific Passage
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
- Nicaragua’s legislature has approved a plan for a canal to rival Panama’s. But with challenges including financial viability and seismic stability, the canal ...
The Perpetual Passion for Paper
Thursday, May 16, 2013
- Paper is becoming less important in some respects, but its strengths — prestige, utility, permanence, and security — are more essential than ever.
How Economic Nationalism Bites Back
Thursday, January 17, 2013
- History suggests protectionism has many more failures than successes.
An Unnatural History of the Electronic Mouse
Thursday, October 25, 2012
- Technology marches on and the mouse is done for, or so we are told. But what if history had been different?
Apple, Disney, and Dreams of Corporate Utopias
Friday, September 28, 2012
- Steve Jobs and Walt Disney: Revered founders and their plans for radical buildings.
The Fine Art of Resilience: Lessons from Stanley Meltzoff
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
- How should artists respond originally to changing technology and fashion?
Facebook and the Importance of Being Unimportant
Monday, June 4, 2012
- Many companies make things you'd never discuss at a cocktail party, yet are indispensable for other things that you would.
Markets, Risk, and Fashion: The Hindenburg’s Smoking Lounge
Friday, May 4, 2012
- The idea of a smoking lounge immediately under 7 million cubic feet of flammable gas should seem ludicrous. But it wasn’t.
Titanic and the 1%
Friday, April 6, 2012
- What’s striking in thinking about class differences in the age of Titanic is not the similarities to inequality in our own time, but the chasm.
The Naked and the Dead: Weegee’s Lessons for Today
Friday, February 24, 2012
- One of the 20th century’s best-known cultural entrepreneurs was a proud member of the 99 percent: Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee.
Why I’m an Adbooster
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
- Here’s why champions of the 99 percent should applaud advertisers.
The Dismal New Science of Stagnationism
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
- If the future is behind schedule, it may be because the world’s major financial institutions and venture capitalists have not been backing the right ideas.
Wizards: Cupertino vs. Menlo Park
Saturday, October 8, 2011
- Vaclav Smil’s article ‘Steve Jobs Is No Edison’ will offend many, but it raises important questions that need answers.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
- For a symbol of conformity, the archetypal men's garment has a remarkably rich history.