Depicted above Stanley Kubrick (left) and Arthur C. Clarke (right).
You may be wondering why we are displaying the minds behind the cult novel and film 2001: A Space Odyssey? Basically, we were just reminded of a great article remembering Arthur Clarke, the celebrated science fiction writer behind the story.
The Grasshopper and his Space Odyssey by Jeremy Bernstein hosts early exchanges between Kubrick and Clarke, as well as a journey to the top of a sacred mountain, and a telescopic viewing of the rings of saturn, from Sri Lanka, with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones.
Bernstein has been a physicist, educator, and writer who has chosen topics as disparate as cosmology and the origin of the computer. He has an essay appearing in our next issue on dogs, women, and the analytic philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Check out The Grasshopper and his Space Odyssey from the Summer 2008 issue of The American Scholar.