What We’re Reading March 29, 2013

A baby picture of our universe, a man consumed with restoring order to the world, and a Medieval help desk are just a few of the items we were sharing with each other here at Whole Earth this week.


Last week the European Space Agency published photos of our universe as an infant, a mere 380,000 years old. According to the Times, the universe proved to be fatter and lumpier than expected.


We should be grateful that Ursus Wehrli wasn’t around in the early days after the Big Bang. He’d have tidied things up right away and left us living in a more organized but far less interesting universe. Brain Pickings offers a few pages from his latest book The Art of Clean Up.


Medieval Help Desknever gets old. It was first shown on Norwegian Television back in 2001. Here it is, with English subtitles, documenting that difficult, but little-remembered transition from the scroll to the book.

This is yet another in a series of posts about what we’re reading at Whole Earth: stories about the environment, ecology, travel, outdoor living, ideas, art, writing, history, science, and creativity, and the people who make it happen. Have a suggestion? Please leave us a comment so we can add it to our reading list.