Author: Scott W Schwartz

40: Quarantine & The Origins of Computation

Scott W Schwartz , August 11th, 2020

Quarantine is a number. Quarantine was the name given to the strategy of isolating potentially harmful populations for forty days in an effort to impede potential dangers. Deriving…


The Memory of Fire: Burning Backwards into the Future

Scott W Schwartz , February 6th, 2020

Fire breathes oxygen. Fire consumes organic material. Fire ages and dies. Fire runs, jumps, and simmers. Fire responds differentially to external irritants. Fire has moods. Among many of…


Neolithic Plumbing: The Landscape is a Machine

Scott W Schwartz , December 4th, 2019

Water is, among its many attributes, fluid. Left to its own devices it runs, spills, flows, leaks, crashes, and splashes. Holding H2O still is nearly impossible above 0°C….


Battery Life: Charging Culture at the End of Energy 

Scott W Schwartz , August 20th, 2019

Vodka-tonic. Take my picture. Charge my phone. Vodka-tonic. Take my picture. Charge my phone.  This (or a similar sequence) is an irritatingly common refrain heard by many waitstaff…


SciCom: The Slippery Business of STEM Promotion

Scott W Schwartz , July 9th, 2019

“One thing is certain: When something is scientifically complex, it’s harder to understand and to communicate” ( Regardless of its accuracy, this is a commonly repeated sentiment …


Dumbwaiters and Smartphones: The Responsibility of Intelligence

Scott W Schwartz , March 26th, 2019

“I don’t have to drink alone,” she paused for comedic effect, “now that I have Alexa.” Thus was the punchline of a story told by a widowed octogenarian…


Inside-out Jokes & Scientific Pantomimesis: Questioning Interpretations of the Inhuman

Scott W Schwartz , September 7th, 2016

In a fit of ambition, I attended or spoke at five academic conferences in the humanities and social sciences during the spring 2016 semester. Discipline specificity and conference…