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Reads tagged with “technology”

Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer, on Science and Religion
Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer, on Science and Religion

“Everything is naturally related and interconnected.”

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November 14, 1963: The First-Ever Footage from Space
November 14, 1963: The First-Ever Footage from Space

“Through the magic of the camera, earthlings take their first ride into space.”

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Letter to Borges: Susan Sontag on Books, Self-Transcendence, and Reading in the Age of Screens
Letter to Borges: Susan Sontag on Books, Self-Transcendence, and Reading in the Age of Screens

“Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcendence… a way of being fully human.”

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Rare Book Feast: John Christopher Jones’s Seminal Vintage Vision for the Future of Design
Rare Book Feast: John Christopher Jones’s Seminal Vintage Vision for the Future of Design

Sowing the seeds of human futures, one pioneering worksheet at a time.

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A Brief Visual History of Space and Astronomy in 250 Milestones
A Brief Visual History of Space and Astronomy in 250 Milestones

From the Big Bang to the end of time, or what a pioneering female astronomer has to do with Sagan’s petty nemeses.

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Dame Steve Shirley, the World’s First Freelance Programmer
Dame Steve Shirley, the World’s First Freelance Programmer

“Few things in life are as solid as they seem.”

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This Is Mars: Mesmerizing Ultra-High-Resolution NASA Photos at the Intersection of Art and Science
This Is Mars: Mesmerizing Ultra-High-Resolution NASA Photos at the Intersection of Art and Science

Unprecedented look at the ever-enchanting Red Planet, at once more palpable and more mysterious than ever.

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“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter
“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter

“A public library keeps no intentional secrets about its mechanisms; a search engine keeps many.”

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Gay Talese’s First Mac: The Godfather of Literary Journalism on His Secret Love of Typography
Gay Talese’s First Mac: The Godfather of Literary Journalism on His Secret Love of Typography

The writing craft between an Olivetti typewriter, 512 kB of memory, and a pad of yellow legal paper.

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Bill Moggridge, Designer of the First Laptop, on Human-Centered Design
Bill Moggridge, Designer of the First Laptop, on Human-Centered Design

“It doesn’t occur to most people that everything is designed — that every building and everything they touch in the world is designed.”

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