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.

  • American Drivers: Knowing and Doing

    With the Memorial Day weekend and the summer holiday season arriving, you might be wondering what's a safer place to drive, the Big Sky roads of…

  • The Test of Time

    Graduates doubting the wisdom of Daniel Akst's thoughts on self-employment should ponder this column by John Kelly in the Washington Post on the…

  • Being Realistic

    An analysis of fuel efficiency and automotive safety in USA Today by Jayne O'Donnell and James R. Healey raises big questions about laws and…

  • A Work in Progress

    Another major US government information technology project is on the rocks, according to the Washington Post. This time the agency is not the FBI but…

  • Driving a Hard Bargain

    The Washington Post's Warren Brown has an intriguing history lesson on the customer-relations problems of the American car industry. Haggling was…

  • Larceny 2.0

    Where have all the bad guys gone? To the electronic frontier, like other ambitious people, of course. Yes, the criminal world has upgraded from 1970s…

  • Take My Model -- Please!

    The Debt theme issue of the New York Times Magazine features a tongue-in-cheek interview with Myron Scholes, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics…

  • The Un-Banker Look

    One of the rare financial benefits of going freelance: It slashes your dry cleaning bills. That's what first occurred to me on reading "When No One…

  • Tipping Points

    What do flat-screen televisions, soft-drink vending machines, and spectacular bridges have in common? All have hidden design flaws that engineers…

  • If You're Happy and You Know It . . .

    The Boston Globe Ideas section has an essay by the staff writer Drake Bennett on the implications of happiness research for the law. It's not…

  • They Made It Go Up

    When I read about the newspaper crisis, I think of Edwin Diamond, the New York University journalism professor who opened a conference I attended on…

  • Does This Bug Have Legs?

    The H1N1 epidemic began as a prologue to tragedy and is ending like a Gilda Radner - Emily Litella sketch from the old Saturday Night Live: "Never…

  • Immoderation Nation

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Procter & Gamble and Colgate have responded vigorously to consumers' new thrifty avoidance of higher-priced…

  • Threat Share

    Ted Anthony of the Associated Press interviewed me for his provocative analysis of the American spirit in a time of troubles. My take:If people had a…

  • Next Time

    "Don't say 'If only,' say 'next time,'" goes the familiar saying. But there's a problem in learning from mistakes. If we're not extremely careful,…

  • Rook Dreams
    Jason Schneider

    Rook Dreams

    New chess software makes it easier for younger players to reach the top of their game—and harder to stay there


How a Psychedelic Masterpiece Is Made

A short documentary about Bruce Riley, an artist who paints abstract wonders with poured resin


Why Is Google Making Skin?

Hidden away on Google’s campus, doctors are changing the way people think about health.


How to Build a Tornado

A Canadian inventor believes his tornado machine could solve the world's energy crisis.


A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple


What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?



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