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Volume XIV, Number 1 | winter 2021

Miscellany

“There is a story, repeated by a number of Roman writers,” explained the classicist Moses Finley, “that a man—characteristically unnamed—invented unbreakable glass and demonstrated it to Tiberius in anticipation of a great reward. The emperor asked the inventor whether anyone else shared his secret and was assured that there was no one else; whereupon his head was promptly removed, lest gold be reduced to the value of mud.”

Most people who sneer at technology would starve to death if the engineering infrastructure were removed.

—Robert A. Heinlein, 1984

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