In 1950, typing rapidly on a pay-by-the-hour typewriter in UCLA’s library basement, Ray Bradbury completed in just nine days the first draft of what will become Fahrenheit 451. In the book, which was published in 1953, Bradbury described a society in which pressures from self-interest groups and the availability of mass communication technologies lead to the burning of all books rather than accepting the diversity of opinions expressed in them. Did he accurately describe many scientists today when he said “Chock them so full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving”?
Ray Bradbury 1920-2012
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