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“ID, please.”

On paper, it would be hard to be more Irish than I am. I have a Northern Irish birth certificate. Treasured family heirlooms — faded, foxed photographs of County Down and the Antrim coast — crowd my closets. On my hard drive resides a digital trove of birth and...

Rank Bigotry

“Forty-five percent of immigrants to the USA are on welfare”, said my friend. “I got that figure from someone who is very well informed on these matters.” “And who would that be?” I asked. “It’s not important. Let me just say that he’s a very intelligent person who...

A room in ‘Turing’s Cathedral’

Turing’s Cathedral is a recent book by George Dyson about the origins and development of the computer. It focuses mainly on work done at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton during the 30’s and 40’s. The presiding genius was John Von...