summer the essays focus on some aspect of technological change, usually with a consumer bent. Past topics have included genetically modified foods,
green cars, and the transition to digital television, among others. To the extent possible, the works provide information on subjects with relevance to your daily lives now and in the near future. The current issue of the
summer series can be found on the "This Month's Essay" page.
CHESS: Some may think of Chess as a European game, but it had its earliest origins in India in "Chaturanga." The game came to Europe via Persia where it was a popular court game known as "Shatranj" as early as 600 A.D. Among the most significant early changes to the game in Europe were making the playing pieces more reflective of the Medieval feudal social heirarchy, hence the kings, queens, knights and castles.