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Michael Riordan

Writer • Eastsound, WA • Member since Nov 25, 2016

Michael Riordan writes about science, technology and public policy from Orcas Island, where he lives and kayaks. He holds a PhD degree in physics from MIT, having worked on the experiments that led to the discovery of quarks. He has taught courses about the history of physics and technology at Stanford University and UC Santa Cruz. He is author of "The Hunting of the Quark" as well as coauthor of "The Solar Home Book", "Crystal Fire", "The Shadows of Creation", and — most recently —"Tunnel Visions: The Rise and Fall of the Superconducting Super Collider" (Chicago, 2015). Riordan has published articles and essays in "The New York Times", "Washington Post", "San Francisco Chronicle", "Seattle Times", "Harvard Business Review" and "Technology Review". A Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, he was awarded the 2002 Andrew Gemant Award by the American Institute of Physics in recognition of his efforts communicating physics and its wider cultural implications.

Articles by Michael Riordan

Doug Ericksen’s Use of Surplus Campaign Funds

By Michael RiordanOn Jul 05, 2017

State Senator Doug Ericksen recently came under fire in the Seattle Times for his possible abuse of surplus campaign funds to pay for expenses unrelated to official Washington state business [...]

Burping Tankers Spread Sulfurous Fumes

By Michael RiordanOn Jun 14, 2017

The smelly cloud of sulfurous fumes that wafted over Bellingham Saturday evening, June 3, was apparently not that unusual an occurrence. It happened due to an overpressure on the Italian oil [...]

Senators Benton and Ericksen to Help Gut the EPA

By Michael RiordanOn Jan 29, 2017

Michael Riordan guest writes. He lives on Orcas Island and covers energy and environmental issues. As recently reported, State Senators Don Benton and Doug Ericksen have headed to Washington, DC, [...]

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"To put some hard numbers on Doug’s EPA sojourn earlier this year,  he worked—or at least got paid for— a total of 516 hours for [...]

Oct 23, 2017 on
Fossil Fools

"I can think of several people in the 42nd District who would be far better senators than Doug, but don’t want to name names as they might not [...]

Oct 18, 2017 on
Fossil Fools

"Maybe Bellingham and Burlington should become sister cities!

Oct 08, 2017 on
I lowered the flag today...

"If I recall correctly, slaveholding occurred in Northhampton through the 1700s and died out or was outlawed in the early 1800s. But I’m not sure on this, just remembering [...]

Oct 08, 2017 on
I lowered the flag today...

"Actually, Dick, the northern states DID have slaves, as far north as Massachusetts and perhaps even farther north. A science historian colleague of mine wrote articles about slavehoding in Northampton, [...]

Oct 07, 2017 on
I lowered the flag today...
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