Selected Works

Books
Humanity remaking itself through technology
The self-cancelling, self-frustrating side of human ingenuity, and what to do about it.
Magazine Articles
A review of James R. Chiles, Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Technology in Harvard Magazine
How sitting customs have affected the human body
Are big structures harbingers of decline?
Harvard's debt to the shoe industry
The Harvard Society of Fellows, a history and personal appreciation
Books/Essays
The U.S. military-industrial complex's surprising debt to France.

"When Systems Fracture
On the tendency of advanced technology to promote self-deception"

A review of James R. Chiles, Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Technology in Harvard Magazine Originally written in summer 2001 and rewritten after September 11, the review examines the relationship between accidental and terroristic hazards. Chiles'points about "high-reliability organizations" are especially relevant after the August 2003 electric grid outage.