Neal Stephenson’s big idea

A few days ago I was over on the BBC website when I spied this article about Neal Stephenson’s big idea to build a 20km high tower. At first I thought he was promoting a new book, and then when I found out he wasn’t I immediately thought he must have gone mad. Over the last few days though I have thought; yes his idea is as crazy as a box of frogs, but then so was Arthur C Clarke’s visions of space stations and satellites which he wrote about years before those things ever came to fruition.

So I thought it was only right to share the article so that you can make up your own mind… Has Neal Stephenson lost his marbles, or is he just a big thinker in a small-minded world?

Read the article and let me know what you think in the comments…

Neal Stephenson is thinking big – 20km (12.4 miles) big, to be precise.

That’s how high the tower he has proposed building will soar if the project ever comes to fruition. Such a structure would make it cheaper to launch objects into space, he says, thanks to fuel savings.

It’s a lofty goal. But creating a building more than 24 times taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and not far off double the height commercial aircraft fly at is no easy task.

“It ends up being all about wind,” the author tells the BBC.

Continue reading via BBC News – Neal Stephenson on tall towers and NSA cyber-spies 


Author: 2Dubya

Like most people one day Wesley will die. Until then though, Wesley spends his days drinking coffee, watching the telly,trying to figure out politics and listening to BBC Radio... and on the days he is at work watching trains under the ground. Away from work he putters around in the kitchen, tends to his fish, watches films and occasionally reads a book, or works in his garden. Wesley is also a keen father to his two little princesses, and a slave to his wife.

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