These are some references for recommended further reading. The list is continuously updated.
- to be added
Historical References to People and Technology
- Ramon Llull (13 century) and then Giordano Bruno (16th century) – They both spoke of logical and memory machines, and of the art of memory, amidst the darkness of the the middle ages.
- Alan Turing – a paradigm for engineers: Instead of trying to solve one problem, he preferred to build a machine which could solve this and many other problems.
- Nikola Tesla – he presented the single most important paper of IEEE (electrical AC current, electrical production, transmission, induction motors, generators, all still used today with small improvements). He showed that one individual can bring a leap in technology, which would otherwise take centuries to achieve, like a man coming from the future.
- Socrates, the “father of western philosophy” and of clear thinking. He taught that we must always ask ourselves about the truth, and he marked the start of an era, where the human mind is considered more important than body beauty and strength.
Of these 5 people, three were grotesquely executed (one stoned, one with fire, one with poison), one died alone exiled as crazy, and one committed suicide in his 40’s. Intrusive thinking (and speaking) is dangerous to your health.
- The Antikythera Mechanism – it shows how arrogant we are over our technological past. Nothing is new under the sun. As this blog is being written, new underwater archeological investigation is carried out to find more parts of the mechanism.