empyrean ˌem-ˌpī-ˈrē-ən adjective and noun
adjective: inspiring awe
adjective: of or relating to the sky or heavens
noun: the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
The word empyrean has appeared in one article on NYTimes.com in the past year, on April 1 in the book review “A Journey — if You Dare — Into the Minds of Silicon Valley Programmers” by Nellie Bowles:
In his new book, “Coders,” the longtime Wired magazine writer Clive Thompson works to describe those humans and exactly what their hands do. With an anthropologist’s eye, he outlines their different personality traits, their history and cultural touchstones. He explores how they live, what motivates them and what they fight about. By breaking down what the actual work of coding looks like — often pretty simple, rote, done in teams rather than by loner geniuses — he removes the mystery and brings it into the legible world for the rest of us to debate. Human beings and their foibles are the reason the internet is how it is — for better and often, as this book shows, for worse.
… Coders themselves like to buttress the idea that some among them are magical. There is the notion of a 10x coder, a genius who can do the work of 10. One of those famous in Silicon Valley is Max Levchin, who built PayPal. Thompson describes the brutal hours it took Levchin to build something that never existed before, the work and obsession it required to make a thing that now seems obvious. “Empyrean feats of coderly productivity,” he calls it.