Edward Tenner

Edward Tenner is a historian of technology and culture. He was a founding advisor of Smithsonian's Lemelson Center and holds a Ph.D in European history. More

Edward Tenner is an independent writer and speaker on the history of technology and the unintended consequences of innovation. He holds a Ph.D. in European history from the University of Chicago and was executive editor for physical science and history at Princeton University Press. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows and John Simon Guggenheim fellow, he has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton and has held visiting research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy. He is now an affiliate of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. He was a founding advisor of Smithsonian's Lemelson Center, where he remains a senior research associate.

  • 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

    Rook Dreams

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

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Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

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Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

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What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

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