Before I head into the office, here’s a smattering of links that I would like to share:
- Will Humanity Be Left Home Alone – A sobering essay by John Gray, author of Straw Dogs. Gray paints a bleak future for humanity living in a stripped environment, suffering from wars and famine. He points to the single, ultimate source of this havoc, human overpopulation.
- A Review of Stephen Wolfram’s A New Kind of Science – Boy, Cosma Shalizi sure doesn’t like Stephen Wolfram, or his 2002 monograph, A New Kind of Science. He really doesn’t like him.
- Antikythera Mechanism – Looks like the ancient Greeks were more advanced than we thought. Archimedes was tantalizingly close to the Calculus, and the ancients also wrought sophisticated mechanical devices to compute astronomical positions. So close, yet everything they created was lost to the sands of time. It took millennia for humanity to regain the heights achieved by the ancient Greeks. I wonder what our descendants will think of us in 2,500 years?