NOAM CHOMSKY PAGES
Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent
The site explores the life and work of Noam Chomsky,
investigating the political, philosophical and linguistic worlds
within which we live, and about which Chomsky writes.
A Timelines button on the top left of each text page allows you
to follow a thematic tour of the milieu for the time period of
that chapter. Links above the central line will lead you into the
relevant text of that chapter, while the links below this line
lead to relevant sources outside the site. Select from the
Political, Philosophical, Linguistic or Personal filters
for each timeline. A series of general timelines for the book can
be accessed from the Timelines button in the top toolbar. Follow
the links which annotate the text of the book, providing a more
developed context for the ideas discussed in each chapter.
Celebration of Noam Chomsky's 70th Birthday
This collection of essays celebrates Noam Chomsky's 70th birthday
(December 7, 1998). Because Noam is known to dislike ceremony, the
essays were collected on this website without his advice or consent. It
was not hard to keep the site a secret from him. He never accesses the
internet and, by his own admission, he is endowed with a gene which
deselects for surprises. On the day of his birthday an elegantly printed
list of all the contributors was placed on his desk in a modest red folder
decorated discreetly with a gold ribbon. An unsigned birthday card lay
on top, it's message: Happy Birthday From All Of US.
The existence of this site was spread by e-mail and word of mouth. As a
result Noam received close to 200 contributions and over 2,000
well-wishers asked to have their names and their good wishes
extended to him. This was done. We believe this way of expressing our
respect and affection was the least intrusive and the most democratic.
That we may have succeeded is attested to by two articles, one of which
appeared in MIT's Tech Talk and one in The New Yorker.
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