Literati roundup: Interstellar understanding sources… Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World’s Most Notable Authors

Deciding which books to digitise when they enter the public domain is tricky; unless you have an independent ranking of the most notable authors.


Revealed: The Lost Chapter of Interstellar

Revealed: The Lost Chapter of Interstellar

Before Cooper left his daughter to find humanity a new home in space, there were the Lazarus missions. Led by Dr. Mann, this was NASA’s first attempt to locate a hospitable exoplanet. So what happened to Mann on the other side of the wormhole? We teamed Christopher Nolan with award-winning comic-book artist Sean Gordon Murphy to tell Mann’s story.

The sounds of Interstellar

A look at the sound design of Interstellar, including some of the cool rigs they built to record sounds for the movie, including a truck driving through a corn field, sand hitting the outside of a car, and robots walking.

The Tricky Ethics of Intergalactic Colonization

The Tricky Ethics of Intergalactic Colonization

Leif Podhajsky Zheng He! Zheng He! Is there a better icon for interstellar voyaging? Between 1405 and 1433, Zheng set out from China on massive naval expeditions that reached as far as Mecca and Mombasa, journeys with more than 300 vessels and 28,000 crew, excursions far bigger and longer than those of Columbus more than […]

Interstellar Almost Had 6 Wormholes and 5 Black Holes

Interstellar Almost Had 6 Wormholes and 5 Black Holes

By the time Christopher Nolan signed up to direct Interstellar and started rewriting its script, astrophysicist Kip Thorne had been working with Nolan’s brother, Jonathan (who goes by Jonah), on getting his ideas onto film for years.


Letter From the Editor: What It’s Like to Collaborate With Christopher Nolan

Letter From the Editor: What It’s Like to Collaborate With Christopher Nolan

Late this summer, a single yellow Post-it note waiting on my desk rekindled our hopes. The message was simple but full of promise: “Chris Nolan called.”

Interstellar Director Christopher Nolan Invites You to Explore the Universe in Multiple Dimensions

Interstellar Director Christopher Nolan Invites You to Explore the Universe in Multiple Dimensions

Spacetime. One of the most stimulating and challenging compound nouns. Thoughts of Einstein, of relativity, of complex physical laws that hover tantalizingly beyond our ability to grasp (I’m not writing this for Kip Thorne and his colleagues).


To really get ‘Interstellar,’ you’ll have to read Kip Thorne’s book


LOS ANGELES, OR POSSIBLY THE FIFTH DIMENSION — If you’re struggling to understand how the “tesseract” scene in Interstellar got Matthew McConaughey from the other side of the universe to the backside of his daughter’s bookcase — or if you’ve read anything on the Internet this week throwing shade at the film’s science in general — Kip Thorne has some choice words for you. Most of them are in his book.


Art in a Time of Surveillance

The Intercept by Peter Maass

This just happened — while trying to figure out a colorful way to begin the story you’re reading, I toggled to Twitter and saw a link to a short film by two Brooklyn directors who used a drone to film actors having sex. Their project, somewhere between art and porn, hovers on the R-rated margins of a thriving cultural movement in which artists of all stripes are exploring what it means to live in a state of surveillance.


Download 110 Free Philosophy eBooks: From Aristotle to Nietzsche & Wittgenstein

Open Culture by Dan Colman
Just wanted to give you a quick heads up that we’ve recently spun out a collection of Free Philosophy eBooks (from our larger, more diverse collection of 600 Free eBooks). Right now, you will find 110 classic works on the new list — foundational texts written by Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel and Kant, not to mention Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein and Nietzsche, too. The list will keep growing at a steady clip. But if you see any crucial texts missing, please let us know, and we will try to get them added ASAP. Of course, we’re looking for works in the public domain.

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