Measure of Things

- July 17, 2012

Science from the perspective of a technologist. Technology from the perspective of a scientist.

Author Ransom Stephens is a technologist, science writer, novelist, and Raiders fan. He's also the 2017 Jim Williams ACE Contributor of the Year.


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