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

Delta Blues

By Michael RiordanOn Oct 25, 2021

The first hint that I might have the dreaded Covid disease came at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 20, when I felt flush in the face and my temperature rose to 98.4 degrees. [...]

Variant Virus Strains Hit the County

By Michael RiordanOn May 08, 2021

Across the northern tier of Whatcom County, there were substantially higher rates of coronavirus infections than in Bellingham during April, according to recent data from the county health department. From [...]

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 [...]

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"Thanks, Dick, for this truly touching memorial. It brought to mind the words from a Phil Ochs song of the mid-1960s that you may remember: There but for [...]

Nov 11, 2021 on
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"From the scientific evidence I’ve seen recently, Angelo, the Moderna protection supposedly lasts substantially longer than Pfizer’s — perhaps because the dosage was more than three times as [...]

Oct 26, 2021 on
Delta Blues

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Oct 26, 2021 on
Delta Blues

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Oct 25, 2021 on
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Oct 25, 2021 on
One Last Chance for Permanent Protection for the City’s Great Blue Herons?