Forced to Choose
American literary icon, whose Cat's Cradle made our
list and whose latest book, Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected
Short Fiction has just been released
About books that knocked my block off when I was young: I can think
of only two, neither a work in the physical sciences:
Candide, by Voltaire, and Theory of the Leisure
Class, by Thorsten Veblen. One book, which I know only in its
version as a movie starring Boris Karloff, possibly the most
provocative and presently most influential novel of all time,
written by a woman only nineteen years old: Frankenstein, or the
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Happy Birthday to Alvin! August 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Alvin, the submersible that has been so influential in ocean research, including the discovery of hydrothermal vents. In 2014, a retrofitted Alvin also took its first test cruise.
Heather Olins, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, studies microbial ecology at deep sea hydrothermal vents with the help of Alvin, and shares her personal tribute to the submersible on these landmark occasions.
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