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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

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Thursday June 20, 2002
01:39 AM

Thinking small

[ #5799 ]
Dear Log,

«[...]The story of Project Orion was teased from him - and his surviving colleagues - by George Dyson, his son, who made a career building hi-tech Aleut kayaks in the Pacific north-west before writing a best-seller history of computing called Darwin Among The Machines. He wrote it because he realised that the computer pioneers were dying without telling their stories.

"As you get older, you realise that unrecorded wisdom is the most valuable thing. So the book is intended to be a kind of a monument to those people who had all that imagination, besides my father. The other thing is, I wanted to understand what had happened. I had grown up with this tremendous curiosity about the project. Imagine being that age and hearing that your father is working on a spaceship, but he can't explain it to you."[...]»

--"Flights of fancy: Freeman Dyson's ideas about space travel were on a cosmic scale. Now he's thinking small."

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