Tate Williams


‘You Get Ideas.’ The Flatiron Institute is Bringing Together Computer Scientists, Biologists, and Astrophysicists


Bring leading computer scientists together with leading astrophysicists, and exciting stuff happens—complex computer simulations of galaxy formation, algorithms churning through terabytes of data collected by telescope arrays. Same thing goes for biologists, as they work with programmers to bring order to the chaos of neurons firing by the millions. But [...]

September 22, 2017 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment 0

The Prosthetic Eyeball Is a Work of Art

Ocular prostheses are made for a social programme benefiting those unable to afford one, in Cancun March 6, 2015. Specialist Doctors for Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Autonomous University of Campeche in conjunction with the System for Integral Family Development Cancun, as part of the programme, treated more than 100 people with various visual impairments. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY) - RTR4SDZB

Originally published at TheAtlantic.com. Making a realistic eye takes more than technical skill: an Object Lesson. The eye is about the size of a quarter, resting gently in Kurt Jahrling’s hand as he adds faint washes of yellow and blue to the white surface. [...]

July 16, 2016 Tate Williams Arts & Culture, Portfolio 0

Eradication Nation


Originally published in American Forests Magazine, Winter 2015. What Boston’s battle with the Asian longhorned beetle can teach us about stopping an invasive pest in its tracks. [...]

April 8, 2015 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment 0

Washed Away


Beneath the water lie memories of vibrant villages. | Originally published in The Magazine, September 11, 2014. [...]

December 3, 2014 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment, Uncategorized 0

Falling Dominoes: Why More Large Foundations Will Divest From Fossil Fuels

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With even the Rockefeller family turning away from fossil fuels, large foundations will need take a stand. | Opinion piece originally published at Inside Philanthropy, September 23, 2014. [...]

September 28, 2014 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment 0

Mad Scientist Club

Students in MIT Science Fiction Society reading room, photograph

In an otherwise unremarkable room at MIT, the published history of science fiction overflows. | Originally published in The Magazine, June 19, 2014.  [...]

September 3, 2014 Tate Williams Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio 0

In the Garden Cemetery: The Revival of America’s First Urban Parks

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First published in American Forests magazine spring/summer 2014. |  In the 1820s, America’s cities had a problem: People kept dying, and church burial grounds were filling up. [...]

June 16, 2014 Tate Williams Arts & Culture, Portfolio 0

From the Industrial Revolution to Modern Housing: Adaptive Reuse of Factories in Lowell, MA


Originally published on Curbed National, April 18, 2014. |  The Boott Mills complex stretches along the Merrimack River like a fortress, a 179-year-old set of connected brick buildings that once housed roaring hydroelectric textile factories in the heart of Lowell, Mass. [...]

May 4, 2014 Tate Williams Arts & Culture, Portfolio 0

Modifying Nature (Humans Included) To Save It


Originally published on Futures Exchange. | Imaginative minds are exploring some strange and audacious solutions to our worst environmental problems. [...]

December 22, 2013 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment 0

Science Fiction Can Save Environmentalism


With public interest in the gutter, the green movement needs a shot of futurism | Essay originally published on Futures Exchange, via Medium, on October 22, 2013. [...]

October 31, 2013 Tate Williams Geek, Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0