The Eight: Sir Isaac Newton’s Alchemy Notes

I have just led a private tour for ten of the Dibner Library of Science and Technology, one of the most fascinating of the twenty-one Smithsonian Libraries. Here’s one of my favorite documents – Sir Isaac Newton’s alchemy notes, written in his kitchen garden in Cambridge. The librarians brought this document out when we were […]

The Eight: Möbius Strips

“As far as anyone knows, the universe may be a Möbius strip, without beginning or end.” -Katherine Neville  When I was editing The Eight my editor-in-chief, Robert Wyatt, phoned to tell me that the publishers were planning to put a Möbius strip on the book jacket. I said, “Oh, that’s great, because the book describes […]