Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil is the author of more than 30 interdisciplinary books. His website is www.vaclavsmil.com.

  • The Myth of the Innovator Hero

    Every successful modern e-gadget is a combination of components made by many makers, and it all begins with the story of how the transistor became the building block of modern machines

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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The Origins of Bungee Jumping

"We had this old potato sack and I filled it up with rocks and dropped it over the side. It just hit the water, split, dropping all the stones. And that was our test."

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Is Trading Stocks for Suckers?

If you think you’re smarter than the stock market, you’re probably either cheating or wrong

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I Spent Half My Life Making a Video Game

How a childhood hobby became a labor of love

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