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.

Articles by Michael Riordan

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. [...]

Coronavirus and Community

By Michael RiordanOn Oct 31, 2020

One of the more pernicious aspects of the novel coronavirus pandemic is how it attacks not just our bodies and minds but also our sense of community. It tears at [...]

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Recent comments

"Great article, Dick. I touched on some of these problems of electronic communications replacing face-to-face interactions in my article “Coronavirus and Community”: https://nwcitizen.com/entry/coronavirus-and-community/writer/2913 But you [...]

Feb 23, 2021 on
The Reality Of Zoom And Citizen Participation

"Good questions, Tim, and I apologize for the delay in replying. Had to talk to the experts first, especially Lovel Pratt. On your first question, there is no evidence (yet) [...]

Feb 23, 2021 on
Planned Roberts Bank Terminal Threatens Orcas

"Ericksen needs to reopen the history books he had to read — or maybe didn’t read — as a government and political science major at Cornell and WWU. [...]

Jan 22, 2021 on
The Same Door - Six Hours Apart

"And now NYT columnist Paul Krugman suggests we should start using the F word: Appeasement Got Us Where We Are Mussolini had his Blackshirts and Hitler had his Brownshirts (Sturmabteilung [...]

Jan 11, 2021 on
The Same Door - Six Hours Apart

"At this point, responsible publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, Seattle Times and Wall Street Journal are calling for the Orange One’s immediate removal [...]

Jan 08, 2021 on
The Same Door - Six Hours Apart