James Webb Space Telescope, Lost Bitcoin, and Math on Screen: Lux Recommends #306

2 min readDec 10, 2021

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #306, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).


The Webb Space Telescope Will Rewrite Cosmic History. If It Works: “The James Webb Space Telescope has been designed to answer many of the core questions that have animated astronomers over the past half-century. With a $10 billion price tag, it is one of the most ambitious engineering initiatives ever attempted. But for it to achieve its potential — nothing less than to rewrite the history of the cosmos and reshape humanity’s position within it — a lot of things have to work just right.” — Sam

These gorgeous images could transform science education: “Science isn’t all lab coats and test tubes. Beautiful visuals can engage people — especially students — and inspire them to learn about science more broadly.” — Deena

The 5 Most Common Jobs in a Medieval CitySam

Half a Billion in Bitcoin, Lost in the Dump: “For years, a Welshman who threw away the key to his cybercurrency stash has been fighting to excavate the local landfill.” — friend of Lux Tommy Kane

The beautiful experiment: “Science has become extraordinarily technocratic and complex. Is the simple and decisive experiment still a worthy ideal?” — Ankeeta

DARPA Funded Researchers Accidentally Create The World’s First Warp BubbleMike

How sneaky passengers make it into first class on a plane without paying for it, according to flight attendants — Lux friend Bobby D

Can we influence the values of our descendants?Sam


Analogia: The Emergence of Technology Beyond Programmable Control by George Dyson: “In Analogia, technology historian George Dyson presents a startling look back at the analog age and life before the digital revolution — and an unsettling vision of what comes next.”— Ankeeta


8-Bit Christmas: “In 1980s Chicago, a 10-year-old sets out on a quest to get the Christmas gift of his generation: the latest and greatest video-game system.” — friend of Lux Eric Lichtenstein


Math on ScreenSam

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