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James Gleick

Autor(a) de Chaos: Making a New Science

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He wrote the worldwide bestseller Chaos, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He was the 1990 McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University. (Publisher Provided) James Gleick was born in New York City on August 1, 1954. He received a degree in English and linguistics from mostrar mais Harvard College in 1976. He helped found Metropolis, an alternative weekly newspaper in Minneapolis. After the newspaper folded, he worked for ten years as an editor and reporter for The New York Times. In 1989-1990, he was the McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University. He has written several books including Chaos: Making a New Science, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything, What Just Happened: A Chronicle from the Information Frontier, and The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contribuidor — 231 exemplares
The Best American Science Writing 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 191 exemplares
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This book captures a specific period in history where booming technology came with many promises.

Looking back this book foreshadows the problems arising from this technopositive exhuberance whose price is paid in externalities of resource waste and fragmented sense of shared evidence based reality.
yates9 | 17 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2024 |
I really enjoyed the insight into the person of Feynman. He was, as any other physicist, a human with positive and negative characteristics. This is an important book because it captures this balance, which I believe is intrinsic to any "Genius" because the term focuses on some exceptional characteristics while ignoring the rest of the person.

The mental patterns I found most interesting in how Feynman thought were his reliance on fundamental characteristics of a physical relation and to visualize this in a way that he could gain a personal insight into the big picture of what was going on. He cared more about the units of measurement in a relation than the values. This is an example of what we might call genius because it is an unconventional focus on how to do physics.

And yes of course the maverick was also a bit of an asshole. I think anyone that dedicates that much time and energy to abstract processing suffers a price in social value alignment.
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yates9 | 31 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2024 |
andyinabox | 113 outras críticas | Jan 17, 2024 |
I'm not going to pretend I understood 100% of this book. There were parts that left me feeling cross-eyed and dumb (I should say the most advanced math class I ever took was trigonometry in 11th grade). And yet the parts I understood were fascinating, mind-bending, and eye-opening. So I think I came out ahead.

I read Dawkins' [b:The Selfish Gene|61535|The Selfish Gene|Richard Dawkins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347484876s/61535.jpg|1746717] when I was in college, so it was interesting to have it explained again here. I really didn't fully grasp what Dawkins was saying the first time around, and I'm sure I still don't, but I may be a little closer. The discussion of memes (I didn't even remember the meme part of The Selfish Gene--I thought of it primarily as that "I can has cheezburger" thing) was one of my favorite parts. I love that idea that ideas have a life and their own and they want to replicate the same way genes do.

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LibrarianDest | 113 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |



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