Kaku is not shy about quoting science-fiction movies and TV (he has seen them all). Despite going off the deep end musing about phenomena such as isolated consciousness spreading throughout the universe, he delivers ingenious predictions extrapolated from good research already in progress.
Kolbert also weaves a relatable element into the at-times heavily scientific discussion, bringing the sites of past and present extinctions vividly to life with fascinating information that will linger with readers long after they close the book. A highly significant eye-opener rich in facts and enjoyment.
Though much of "Hatching Twitter" is hobbled by weak anecdotes and schlocky metaphors, the book is carried by Bilton's excruciating account of Dorsey's evolution.
Brad Stone, a technology journalist who first covered Amazon in 2000, has done a remarkable job in The Everything Store, in a way that Bezos would appreciate – by working very hard.
This book is required reading for anyone interested in, working in, or enjoying the culture of the Internet—as well as for those who believe that the Internet is a waste of time for conducting business...Smarter Than You Think is a superb book.
...these concepts are so lost in a heap of digressions, interludes and fables...that the signal-to-noise ratio may prove to be too much for all but the most dedicated tech readers.
Despite its thoroughness and appetite for detail, there is one glaring omission from Schmidt's and Cohen's vision of the future: the phenomenon of corporate power.
Morozov takes a hard look at the claims of cybertheorists and concludes that our techno future might be dark and dangerous...
...a tour de force that no government can afford to ignore.
Facts, figures and fun achievements throughout the 2013 edition are impressive and well worth the buy
For all its technical granularity, the argument is quite accessible. Persistent readers will follow it easily enough, and many will find it persuasive.
But a book about politics is only about politics. Silver's aiming for something bigger here: He wants to change how we think about predictions in every aspect of our lives.
Stross peppers the book with his [Graham's] mottos: “Make something people want”, “Launch fast.” “Write code and talk to customers.” If not the definitive history of this explosion in technology start-ups, Stross at least provides lively source material.
Patterson's prose sometimes has the overly breathless air of an airport thriller. But it is underpinned by an invaluable piece of timely journalism that should be read by regulators and anyone with a cent in the stock market.
...offers a brilliant insight into the hacktivists' world.
But he saves some of the best for the final chapter, describing his attempts to explore the vast data centres run by the world's internet giants.
Occasionally insightful but tiresome and scattershot.
A quirky approach to a fresh way of looking at the human animal.
As Reiss rushes past the why of global warming, he also misses the opportunity to examine a significant part of the environmental debate over offshore development in the Arctic.
A useful, nuts-and-bolts handbook for concerned parents.