Author Archives: Michael Robinson

About Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson is an associate professor of history at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. His research focuses on the history of science and exploration. His book, The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture, takes up the story of Arctic exploration in the United States, from 1850 to 1910. He writes a blog about science, history, and exploration called Time to Eat The Dogs. He is working on a cultural history of American exploration from the 1700s to the present.

The Problem of Human Missions to Mars

I just published a short piece in the Journal of Cosmology’s special issue Colonizing Mars: The Mission to the Red Planet. It argues that humans will not reach Mars on the power of peripheral arguments about science, national pride, or … Continue reading

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Mr X

There is a scholar, call him Mr X, who received his training within the academy, but who found it wasn’t enough. He wanted more: to move outside of his wonky circle of colleagues, to engage the public, to communicate ideas … Continue reading

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