These short articles were originally (and indeed, still are) the opening sections of the chapters of the report eConstructing the Enterprise – written in June 2000 while I was at Bloor Research, looking at the outsourcing and service provision of information technology. The articles just about stand on their own – they were also a great deal of fun to research and write.
Darwin and Punk Eek looks at the impact of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species on the political and religious thinking of his time. It draws interesting comparisons with Stephen Jay Gould’s more recent assertons.
Of Evolution and Revolution links Darwin’s revolutionary thinking to the communist manifesto of Marx and Engels.
Life on Mars covers the discover of a meteorite which may offer clues to our own existence.
From Vitruvius to Zachmann covers how architecture has been a consistent theme, in itself a layer of structure that has helped many ages cope with change.
The Art of Heroic Failure describes how Prince Hal took up the mantle of kingship, to the surprise, disappointment and ultimate death of his vagabond associates.
The revolution that never was recognises that new thinking and new discoveries are not used positively by everybody, as illustrated by the controversy surrounding the Dead Sea Scrolls and the attempts to cover their discovery by the Church.