A. I didn’t go to the moon, I went much further—for time is the longest distance between two places. ( The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams)
B. He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
( 1984 by George Orwell)
C. Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real. ( All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy)
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Answer: Though all three quotes deal with the past and the passage of time, A is the correct answer. There is no nostalgia associated with Orwell’s or McCarthy’s quotes.
I’ve read books like Gleick’s The Information and Isaacson’s The Innovators the past few years and Hodges’ Alan Turing: The Enigma more recently. It seems the twentieth century had a lot of the following things: the military funding important research with wide applications and implications in society; smart, capable people working in, with, or at the behest of the military; and positive regard for the role of the military. I point to things like computing, information science, and, uh, applied physics for the first; Vannevar Bush, Grace Hopper, and any of the scientists involved in the Manhattan project or Los Alamos for the second; and leaders like MacArthur for the third*.