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.

  • When Stats Bite Back

    Whatever the causes of the Washington DC Metro crash that took the lives of nine people and injured scores of others, our first thoughts will be with…

  • Family Values

    Today's New York Times has a tribute to the steadfastness of the Ford clan in the crisis of the American auto industry, despite the loss of more than…

  • iPhonomics

    What's the secret of the lines for the Apple 3G iPhone when people are cutting back on so much else? Sure, it makes them more productive. But there's…

  • Chelsea Boys

    Champion of common sense or crowned demagogue, the Prince of Wales is making headlines again -- this time for engineering a veto of the architect…

  • May I Have a Word

    Sunday's New York Times Week in Review section taught me a new term I'd like to propose for admission to the English language: gosudarstvennik. In…

  • Long May It Wave

    Talk about bombs bursting in air! I'm not sure how serious Michael Kinsley really is about replacing the Star-Spangled Banner as our national anthem.…

  • Most Unhappy

    The accused killer of a security guard in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, James W. von Brunn, followed a trajectory sadly common on the racist…

  • Lead Us into Temptation

    Fast food restaurants have pointed to the new, healthier items on their menus. And a few years ago, skeptics found the some of the salads contained…

  • Hard Times and Art

    The master furniture maker Sam Maloof, who died last month at the age of 93, is remembered in Janet Eastman's  tribute in the Los Angeles Times. The…

  • This post is not necessarily hazardous to your empathy, compassion, and emotional stability

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Kevin O'Brien has stirred strong feelings with his warning that judicial empathy, as invoked by President Obama,…

  • Why a Duck? Disney Meets Gründlichkeit

    The Wall Street Journal has an engrossing column by the distinguished writer and translator Susan Bernofsky on the Germanization of Donald Duck. As a…

  • Software and Moral Hazard

    Michael Osinski, now a Long Island oyster farmer, revisits his past as the programmer who did more than anybody else to enable the Collateralized…

  • Channeling Harley -- and Bill

    Dan Neil's column on the General Motors bankruptcy in the Los Angeles Times includes two paragraphs on an aspect of GM's troubles that deserves more…

  • Suppose They Gave a Culture War and Nobody Came?

    Where's the outrage, indeed. The Washington Post's Philip Kennicott reflects on the decline of the fine art of museum controversy. Whatever happened…

  • Never Mind Jetpack -- Where's My Power Plant?

    CNN Online wonders, with the writer Daniel Wilson, what has happened to the Jetpack and other futurist devices of the 1964 World Fair in Flushing…

  • Technological Backtracking

    Tom Vanderbilt has illuminating essay on Slate about the declining speed of American railroads as a case study in technological regression. As…

  • The Extraordinary Delusions of List-Compilers

    A Wall Street Journal piece by Carl Bialik, and his related blog post, examine how the mania for lists amplifies behavior -- and not necessarily for…

  • Rook Took by Hook or Crook

    A press release from the University of Cambridge has announced a forthcoming paper about the latest and possibly greatest stars of non-human animal…

  • Bats and Needles

    Does technological change transform life, or does it mainly repackage age-old questions? Paul Farhi's look at the history of performance-enhancing…

  • Albert Einstein, the Fissure King?

    In the Wall Street Journal, my friend Robert Lee Hotz returns to the Twilight Zone of neuroscience, the postmortem anatomy of illustrious gray matter…

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CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

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Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

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A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

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In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

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What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

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Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

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