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Published on Jan 28, 2016
The Brothers Vonnegut tells the story of how scientist Bernard Vonnegut's early experiments in weather control shaped the work of his younger brother Kurt. Melding biography and cultural history, it outlines a unique collision between science and literature that unfolded against a backdrop of atomic anxiety, weather warriors and the dawn of the digital age. For her Google talk, Ginger Strand shows slides and discusses this fascinating story, offering further details about the competing weather control project, undertaken by mathematician John von Neumann, that changed both meteorology and computing.
The author of a novel and three books of narrative nonfiction, Ginger Strand has written for a wide variety of magazines, including Harper's, The New Yorker, The Believer and Tin House. Her website is www.gingerstrand.com.