A Chronicle of Ideas

This companion book 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 the author’s world too!

Ideas We Explore

Only ideas can change the world. Many have been influencing humanity for a long time, in good ways and bad. Others are only beginning to capture our attention and imagination. Throughout her story, Danielle encounters ideas that guide and shape her. We too can learn from both the harmful and helpful ideas Danielle experiences.


Apartheid refers to a system in which races are kept apart by law and provided with separate resources. It generally refers to South Africa from 1948-1994.

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is a system that exhibits intelligence based on “artificial” means, that is a nonbiological system.

Hall of Names

The Hall of Names in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum is a memorial devoted to each individual Jewish victim.

Vertical agriculture

Vertical farms take advantage of space and use up to 95 percent less water than a normal farm. They also prevent agricultural runoff and don’t need pesticides.

Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is widely considered the most prestigious award in American journalism, awarded to journalists and newspapers to recognize excellence in a wide range of categories.


Nanotechnology is an emerging area of science and engineering that involves creating objects with useful features at the tiny scale of individual atoms and molecules.

Explore these concepts and more in "A Chronicle of Ideas"

Leaders that Inspire us

Ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. We are always looking for inspiration and often we find it, while studying some of the great leaders of our time. Danielle may be different in some ways, but like us, she also surrounds herself with great people. Here are a few.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Possibly the most famous American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was also a thought leader in design promoting the idea of harmony.

Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt (born 1954) is a transgender American lawyer and entrepreneur in diverse fields including telecommunications, aviation, medicine and futurism.

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is known as the world’s first computer programmer. She also speculated on the feasibility of artificial intelligence, the first such speculation ever written.

George Orwell

George Orwell (1903-1950) was an English novelist and journalist, best known for his dystopian anti-totalitarian 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-four.

Hannah Arendt

Johanna “Hanna Arendt (1906-1975) was a German-born American political theorist who fled NAZI Germany and helped Jewish refugees. That’s just the beginning.

The Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalia Lama, born as Lhamo Dhondup on July 6 1935, is the exiled leader of Tibet and the foremost spiritual authority within Tibetan Buddhism.

Read about all the luminaries in "A Chronicle of Ideas"


Companion Book One: How You Can Be a Danielle