Michael Riordan

Posting Citizen Journalist • 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. His book "The Hunting of the Quark" is available at: http://plunkettlakepress.com/hoq.html

Articles by Michael Riordan

A Variant Virus Outbreak in Whatcom County?

By Michael RiordanOn Mar 12, 2021

According to recent data from the Washington state Department of Health, a serious outbreak of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus strain occurred in Whatcom County during February, about a month earlier than [...]

Planned Roberts Bank Terminal Threatens Orcas

By Michael RiordanOn Jan 26, 2021

Less than a mile north of the border, the Port of Vancouver is planning an enormous new container-ship terminal on the Salish Sea that Canada’s Federal Review Panel has [...]

Stop the Lying, Doug

By Michael RiordanOn Nov 17, 2020

LEST WE FORGET, a certain state senator from the northern reaches of Whatcom County played a bit part in bringing the current excuse for a president into the White House. [...]

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Recent comments

"Update 29 March 2021: The recently freed “stuck ship” in the Suez Canal, mega-max container ship Ever Given, is the same size as the container ships that will begin transitiing [...]

Mar 29, 2021 on
Planned Roberts Bank Terminal Threatens Orcas

"Thanks, Ryan, I agree with you wholeheartedly on your last statement. One of the problems is getting good information from public information officers at the County and State health departments. [...]

Mar 22, 2021 on
A Variant Virus Outbreak in Whatcom County?

"Update 19 March 2021: The most recent state Department of Health report on coronavirus variants indicates that the number of B117 variants in Whatcom County has almost doubled from 14 to 25 during the [...]

Mar 19, 2021 on
A Variant Virus Outbreak in Whatcom County?

"The County Health Department has been silent on the geograhical distribution of the B.1.1.7 variants, Steve, and probably for good reason — although a lot of county citizens would like [...]

Mar 13, 2021 on
A Variant Virus Outbreak in Whatcom County?

"Yes, Dick, the P.1 variant from Brazil is truly worrisome as it seems to infect people who were previously infected with Covid-19 (from the original strain) and had presumably developed [...]

Mar 13, 2021 on
A Variant Virus Outbreak in Whatcom County?