WOW Project, 1639

"I then beheld a most agreeable spectacle ... a perfectly circular shape ... [where] the limbs of the Sun and Venus precisely coincided."—Jeremiah Horrocks
He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, at age 13 as a poor scholar, taught himself astronomy, corrected Kepler's calculations (how cool is that), measured the moon's size and found its elliptical orbit, and turned in the best-to-date estimate of the earth's distance from the sun, all before dying at age 22.

Tom on Reagan

Tom wrote a bit about President Ronald Reagan in his newspaper column (which ran from 1985 to 1993). We think the following quote is fitting as a tribute:

Look, Reagan's specific economic policies in the '80s are debatable as hell. But it's not debatable—and I'm a Democrat—that Reagan uplifted our collective ... sodden spirits—and got us back to believing in our entrepreneurial, optimistic, feisty selves.

Geoff Thatcher posted this on June 8, 2004, in News.
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Re-imagine Small

Harold Craighead, an engineering professor at Tom's alma mater, Cornell, is working on virus-sized things. Nanoelectomechanical systems (gadgets the width of three silicon atoms) measure masses on the virus scale of 10 attograms, which is a billionth of a billionth of a gram (if my math is right). Big ideas about very tiny, very powerful things.

Quote of Note

Brits continue to weigh in on Re-imagine! From a book review in EN Magazine (The Magazine for Entrepreneurs):

Indeed, Peters is the Billy Connolly of business. If your head doesn't spin round, become engulfed in flames and blow off your neck at high speed then you may well become the most motivated person in British history.

Welcome!

Exclamation PointWelcome to our new home page. We got tired of the old home page and, in the spirit of creative destruction, we blew it up. We've also become enamored of various blogs and blogging software, so we said, "Let's bloggify Tom." Instead of waiting around to transform the whole site, we've gone with a fast prototype here on the main page. With the help of Coudal Partners, we're using Movable Type to manage our site. Well, the home page for now. Let's see if it works. If it does, in time we'll convert the rest of our pages. It may be a bit messy for a while, but email us what you think. In time, we'll get comments turned on, so you'll be able to let us know what you think right here.

Grounded Design

It had its supporters and detractors, but it was a bold design crafted during the birth of the space age. Now, the last of the Concordes perches flightless at the National Museum of Scotland. Will we ever see a passenger aircraft with such verve again?

Tom’s Newest Slides

We've been asked many times to single out Tom's latest thoughts-turned-into-PowerPoint-slides. Now they're up. See the new slides master.

RSS or No?

Ron talked about this issue a couple of days ago.

Tom in Mexico City

See the slides for Tom's event in Mexico, Expomanagement Mexico 2004.

The China Syndrome

"Signs of overheating," said IMF chief economist, Raghuram Rajan. "If the government doesn't do anything, the bubble becomes bigger," said Andy Xie, a Morgan Stanley economist in Hong Kong. What do business people in China think? A recent survey of business leaders in Hong Kong indicated that 62 percent believe the Chinese economy is in danger of overheating. This same survey reported that the biggest factor to CEO success in this hot business climate is "implementation/execution (getting it done)." It doesn't sound like "Ready, Fire, Aim." It sounds like "Fire, Fire, Fire."

puzzle

Puzzled at work? Discover ways to put Tom’s ideas into Action.