A look from 1999 at an interesting new company called, “Amazon”. Whatever happened to them?
Franklin Foer’s new book is a bracing account of the current information economy, the monopolies and motivations at its heart, and the weakening of democratized knowledge.
We’re taking the last week of summer off. To hold you over, a brief book review, some rare concert footage and some musings on memory and storytelling.
Robert Harington reviews a delightful new book that reminds you of how delightful our publishing world can be. Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories From Publishing History by Rebecca Romney and J. P. Romney.
Richard Feynman, in 1964, explains how science works.
A look at the many personality conflicts behind the establishment of Cell Theory.
A primer on an imaging technique that lets us visualize the invisible forces that surround us.
Do you remember when Darth Vader said, “Luke, I am your father”? Are you sure about that?
A quick tour of the Library of Congress’ collection of over 160 million items.
A video highlighting the work of Alfred Wegener, an outsider to the world of geology, who discovered continental drift.
For years, we in libraries have been predicting the imminent demise of the manifestly-unsustainable Big Deal — and yet it has persisted. Now that may be changing.
The world’s oldest library has been reopened, and this video explores the connection between its founder and the architect who restored it.
Science’s historical progress can’t be assumed. It has to be reclaimed, re-established. That’s more difficult in a fragmented information space geared for extremism.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden walks us through this year’s entrants into the National Recording Registry.
Editor’s prerogative: the occasional piece of nostalgia to mark an important cultural anniversary, and so we celebrate 50 years of The Velvet Underground & Nico.