Author Archives: Michael Robinson

About Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson is a professor of history at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. His research focuses on the history of science and exploration. He is the author of The Lost White Tribe: Explorers, Scientists, and the Theory that Changed a Continent (2016) and The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (2006). He runs a blog and podcast at

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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