Fall 2010: What Technology Wants and Proofiness=The Ultimate Nerdalicious Duo

Hey. Happy Monday. I suppose you've noticed that I haven't been reviewing any books lately. That is A) because I've been reading the rest of the Twilight series B) I've been committed to reviewing for other venues and C) I have been writing an essay for a certain literary journal that I have been obsessively (read: maniacally) crafting.

No more! Reviews to return this week. In the mean time, I'd like to get you jacked up on these two awesome nerd books set to hit stores this fall.

What Technology Wants

Kevin Kelly is the executive editor at Wired. His theory, that technology is like a living organism, is discussed in this new book. This TED video gives a better explanation than I ever could. I know the cover looks a bit off but apparently it's going to have more of a 3D effect IRL. Pubs: Oct/10

From the Publisher: This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover “what it wants.” He uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology’s long course and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed.

Proofiness

The cover, title and subtitle here are hella cool! Charles Seife is a science writer who authored the book Zero, yep a biography about the number zero. Pubs: Sept/10

From the Publisher: "Proofiness," as Charles Seife explains in this eye-opening book, is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends, and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side. It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones (both Democratic and Republican), to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty, to ruin our economy, and to fix the outcomes of future elections. This penetrating look at the intersection of math and society will appeal to readers of Freakonomics and the books of Malcolm Gladwell.

2 comments:

John Mutford said...

I'm with you on the awesomeness on the title. I'll probably read Proofiness on the basis of that alone.

B.Kienapple said...

John, that was pretty much my thinking. Plus "the dark arts of mathematical deception" also sounds extremely awesome. Hopefully the book lives up!

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