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Building Castles in the Sky

W. Patrick McCray

in The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176291
eISBN:
9781400844685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176291.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

In the mid-1970s, Gerard O'Neill's ideas and designs for human settlements in space began to secure a beachhead in American popular culture. This chapter shows how he extended the ... More


The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

W. Patrick McCray

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176291
eISBN:
9781400844685
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176291.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

In 1969, Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill began looking outward to space colonies as the new frontier for humanity's expansion. A decade later, Eric Drexler turned his attention to the molecular ... More


Timothy Leary’s Transhumanist SMI2LE

W. Patrick McCray

in Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226372884
eISBN:
9780226373072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226373072.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Following his release from prison in 1976, counterculture guru Timothy Leary began to espouse a new plan for experimentation if not human enhancement. SMI2LE was Leary’s moniker for “space migration, ... More


Visioneering Technological Futures

W. Patrick McCray

in The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176291
eISBN:
9781400844685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176291.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explores how and why a select group of scientists and engineers developed their broad and expansive visions of how the future could ... More


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