Edward Tenner

Edward Tenner is a historian of technology and culture, and an affiliate of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. He was a founding advisor of Smithsonian's Lemelson Center.

  • Nomen Est Omen

    Names can be prophetic. Consider this account of a German privacy case by my friend John Schwartz, about a lawyer suing Wikipedia to enforce globally…

  • Firing Educators with Enthusiasm

    President Obama wants to make it easier to dismiss teachers whose students aren't performing well on tests. But what about the parents? By the…

  • Two Snaps: The Alchemy of Hits

    Why do some technological and cultural products spread like kudzu while others wither on the vine? Journalists and academics have written volumes…

  • Help Yourself: New Age vs. Old School

    Whatever investigators and courts ultimately decide about three deaths and a number of alleged injuries in a "sweat lodge" program at his Arizona New…

  • Getting a Grippe

    In flu season, what price prevention? That's a question the Philadelphia Inquirer is asking as religious and medical leaders discuss the ethics of…

  • The Physics Nobel and the Fate of Bell Labs

    A Newark Star-Ledger report on this year's Nobel Prize for Physics shows how the twentieth century's greatest innovation in imaging was the indirect…

  • Prof to Harvard: Drop the Balm!

    Consider this idea of the Harvard philosopher and television ambassador Michael Sandel as summarized in the (London) Times Higher Education. (I have…

  • Full Cotton Jacket

    Who thought up the white-coat policy for doctors meeting with President Obama in the Rose Garden to advocate health care reform? Since when do…

  • A Much-Needed Gap

    Was there ever really a generation gap? Recent obituaries of the retailing billionaire Donald Fisher make me wonder. Fisher apparently called his…

  • The Perils of Thinking Differently

    The Wall Street Journal reports a new wave of interest in the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard, a Depression-era rearrangement of typewriter keys,…

  • Control: The Neglected Dimension

    It's good to be the king, or queen, be your realm ever so small, according to the findings of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a survey of…

  • Trial By Profile

    "Annie Le Was on Fast Track, Suspect Ray Clark Cleaned Cages; Did Worlds Collide?" That's the headline of abcnews.com in the recent Yale tragedy. A…

  • Willy Ronis: Requiem for a Humanist

    Friends of photography, and of French heritage, are mourning the death of Willy Ronis, most famous for his Nu Provençal, Gordes (1949). It's…

  • September 11 Reflections: Terror and Technology

    Hats off to Daniel Brook for his series on Slate about the September 11 ringleader Mohammed Atta. It's a gem of reporting legwork and historical…

  • Law and Hoarder

    For months, Germans have been stocking up on conventional incandescent light bulbs as the European Union (EU) phases in a ban on their manufacture…

  • Futura Shock at Ikea, and Its Flat-Pack Heritage

    Critics are using the Internet to protest technological change intended to optimize design for the Internet.

  • College Rankings: Reply to Comments

    Readers of my post on college rankings have made excellent points about the limits of all published rankings, and their comments on the original page…

  • Stanley H. Kaplan's Legacy

    The Washington Post mourns the man whose enterprise, acquired 25 years ago, now accounts for 58 percent of its corporate income, Stanley H. Kaplan.…

  • The College Rankings Season Opens

    The US News college ranking issue is out again, with the usual suspects on top and the same chorus of administrators, professors, and think tanks…

  • States of Mind: A Reply to Daniel Akst

                 Dan Akst wonders:Why, given their horrific history during the 20th century, aren't Europeans more wary of the power of the…


How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.


Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.


The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.


Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.


Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses


Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.



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