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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

What Is Doug Ericksen Thinking?

By Michael RiordanOn Feb 13, 2018

A recent Seattle Times op-ed by Senator Doug Ericksen (“Trump’s first year has been a resounding success,” 31 January 2018) suggests he has gotten drunk on the Trump Kool-Aid and is [...]

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 [...]

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Recent comments

"I’m just speculating whether Doug Ericksen could have been one of those “unwitting individuals,”  with Russian operatives helping out just like they did in Florida, [...]

Feb 17, 2018 on
What Is Doug Ericksen Thinking?

"After the indictment handed down today by the Mueller investigation, I wonder if any Russian operatives were involved in or supported the Lynden rally with their posts. Will have to [...]

Feb 16, 2018 on
What Is Doug Ericksen Thinking?

"I think you mean, “Who’s gonna pay for it?”

Feb 14, 2018 on
What Is Doug Ericksen Thinking?

"I agree, and am not conversant enough with the 42nd district to tell what the best candidate there is. But Doug’s blind, unquestionng support for the Grabber-in-Chief can only [...]

Feb 14, 2018 on
What Is Doug Ericksen Thinking?

"Well, the Trump regime has recently put tariffs on solar panels and washing machines. I don’t know much about the latter but do know something about the former, having [...]

Feb 11, 2018 on
One year in, Trump's biggest Wash. donor has no buyer's remorse
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