Gregg Easterbrook

Gregg Easterbrook has published three novels and eight nonfiction books, mostly recently It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear. He was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1979
to 1981.

Fighting Gravity

Goddard, according to the new biography Rocket Man, was the most famous scientist in America during the early 20th century, better known than Einstein, and also the most revered inventor, more highly regarded than Edison. Newspapers headlined his every pronouncement, and were doing so years before Goddard launched the first-ever liquid-fueled rocket, sending it aloft… Read more »

Greatest Good for the Greatest Number

Yes, it’s that Peter Singer. The one who has suggested that animals sometimes have the same rights as people, that the old should be euthanized to divert resources to the young (though he would spare his own infirm mother), that Americans should give away almost everything they possess to the developing world and live themselves… Read more »

We’re All Darwinians Now

Yet, even as natural selection becomes entrenched, there remain deep mysteries of creation against which scientific understanding has made no progress at all— especially the origin of life, which Darwinian theory can’t account for. Science continues to illuminate aspects of the natural world in which consciousness and complexity seem, if not necessarily divinely guided, pretty… Read more »

Out to Launch

Why this sudden red planet chic? Travel to Mars makes an incredibly zoomy topic for nonbinding speeches, so it’s attractive to administration officials looking to sound high-tech, or desiring an oratorical diversion from intractable terranean problems. Any suggestion of a major new space push delights the big aerospace contractors, who constitute a prime Republican constituency…. Read more »

Leg Room

Rather quietly in what is usually a publicity-oriented industry, the king of aerospace firms has begun selling the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), a 737-700 jetliner, which normally seats about 125 passengers, modified into a corporate aircraft for the use of a few executives or even just one person. Boeing delivered the first fully completed (that… Read more »