Welcome to Lux Recommends #298, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).
Sunlight affects whether languages have a word for ‘blue’: “Culture and topography also play important roles” — Sam
A one-way ticket. A cash-stuffed teddy bear. A dream decades in the making: “For Katalin Kariko, a life in full: Awe-inspiring ideas, careful experiments, unnoticed successes and the repeated sting of rejection” — Ankeeta
Ladies who launch: Women are powering the private space industry: “The billionaire flyboys of space tourism get all the attention, but women are developing some of the most promising technologies designed for the final frontier.” — Deena
How Artificial Intelligence Completed Beethoven’s Unfinished Tenth Symphony: “On October 9, the work will be performed in Bonn, Germany, and a recording will be released” — Deena
Paths of Innovation: Technological Change in 20th-Century America by David C. Mowery and Nathan Rosenberg: “The first digital electronic computer, the ENIAC, was over 100 feet long, with 18,000 simultaneously functioning vacuum tubes. Now virtually every business and home in America has its own compact PC. In 1903 the Wright brothers’ airplane, held together with baling wire and glue, traveled a couple hundred yards. Today fleets of streamlined jets transport millions of people per day to cities worldwide. Between discovery and application, between invention and widespread use, there is a world of innovation, of tinkering and improvements and adaptations. This is the world David Mowery and Nathan Rosenberg map out in Paths of Innovation, a tour of the intersecting routes of the technological.” — Ankeeta
The Many Saints of Newark: “A prequel to Chase’s HBO crime drama series The Sopranos, it takes place during the 1960s and 1970s in Newark, New Jersey.” — Jon Brantz, friend of Lux
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