James Gleick

A Home for My Books
and a Repository for Occasional Writing and Other Outbursts


Time Travel: A History

The title is a bit misleading. Actually, it's a book about time.

The Information

What our world is made of, and why we have such mixed feelings about that.


You've heard of the butterfly effect? Fractals, strange attractors, and all that.


James Gleick is an author, essayist, and journalist writing about science and technology and their cultural consequences. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.



Free Will—Yea or Nay?

A neuroscientist and geneticist sets out to rescue the beleaguered concept from its many deniers—including some famous physicists. “We make decisions, we choose, we act. These are the fundamental truths of our existence and absolutely the most basic phenomenology of our lives. If science seems to be suggesting otherwise, the correct response is not to throw our hands up …" Is he right?


Twitter, We Hardly Knew Ye

With the entity formerly known as Twitter vanishing in the rearview mirror, here are two articles from the early days, when we wondered what it was and what it might become. A global conversation? A mosaic of communities and interests? Perhaps you remember.


Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

If you could choose one superpower—to fly, or to be invisible—which would you pick? If you were invisible, what would you do?

Dreams of invisibility in a world of ubiquitous surveillance.


Moon Fever

First it was a heavenly body—a beacon, or a world, a place where no one could possibly go. Then, from 1969 to 1972, twelve people landed there in spaceships. On behalf of all humanity, they said. Is it time to go back?