A Chronicle of Ideas: A Guide for Superheroines (and Superheroes)

A Chronicle of the Ideas that Animate Danielle’s World (and Mine!)
by Ray Kurzweil

The companion nonfiction book to the novel

Danielle: Chronicles of a Superheroine

by Ray Kurzweil

A Chronicle of Ideas


One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
 —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
 —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
 Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.
 —Paula Poundstone
 I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
 —John Cage


Only ideas can change the world. This companion book, A Chronicle of Ideas: A Guide for Superheroines (and Superheroes) is a nonfiction guide to the scientific, technological, medical, entrepreneurial, political, historical, literary, musical, philosophical, and psychological ideas that animate the world of Danielle, the protagonist of the novel—and my world too!

About three hundred ideas in this novel are tagged with reference numbers and should be read side by side with the entries in this companion book.



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