Author Archives: G. Pascal Zachary

Book Review: The End of the Line

This article is in Climate and Energy, Summer 2017

Cycles of Invention and Discovery: Rethinking the Endless Frontierby Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Toluwalogo Odumosu. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016, 176 pp.   Innovation is almost universally desired but almost always misunderstood. Confusion abounds over such basic tasks as how to describe how innovation works and even what counts as innovation. If culture conditions innovation, […]

Book Review: Wiki-ki yay? Not so fast

This article is in Educating the Worker of the Future, Summer 2015

Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia. by Dariusz Jemielniak. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014, 312 pp. For people who work with information, Wikipedia is endlessly fascinating because of its swift emergence as an everyday source of usually reliable facts and observations about people, places, and things. Yet despite the curious self-organizing, egalitarian, and noncommercial […]

A Program for Africa’s Computer People

This article is in Limiting the Tools of War, Spring 2003

A little help from U.S. academics and business professionals could go a long way toward making the information sector an engine for economic development. Jacob Aryetey has two personal computers on his desk, only one of which is connected to the Web. In his case, the Web-connected one is the anomaly. Aryetey is alone among […]

Book Review: The lessons of J. Robert Oppenheimer

This article is in Does Education Pay?, Fall 2013

Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center by Ray Monk (Doubleday, New York, NY), 825 pp. G. Pascal Zachary “Whatever the enemy may be planning, American science will be equal to the challenge.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt June 29, 1943 A commonplace of national security debates is that science, supported by the state, is the first […]