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Stories by Peter Brown

Ball Bearings

Cheap steel was key to allowing the routine design of parts that rolled against one another

September 1, 2009 — Peter Brown

The Paper Clip

Despite its shortcomings, the iconic design will likely stick around

September 1, 2009 — Peter Brown

How We All Learned to Make The Bomb

Doctor Atomic, a new opera about to open at the Met, brings nuclear proliferation, "rogue states" and the terrorists' dream of a dirty bomb back to the first "ground zero"

October 13, 2008 — Peter Brown

Privacy in an Age of Terabytes and Terror

Introduction to SciAm's issue on Privacy. Our jittery state since 9/11, coupled with the Internet revolution, is shifting the boundaries between public interest and "the right to be let alone"

September 1, 2008 — Peter Brown