Wtf? can be an expression of amazement or an expression of dismay. in today’s economy, we have far too much dismay along with our amazement, and technology bears some of the blame. in this combination of memoir, business strategy guide, and call to action, tim o'reilly, silicon valley’s leading intellectual and the founder of o’reilly media, explores the upside and the potential downsides of today's wtf? technologies. what is the future when an increasing number of jobs can be performed by intelligent machines instead of people, or done only by
If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.the great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. in zero to one, legendary entrepreneur and investor peter thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason
In the world of innovation, there is no single path forward. the only road that all entrepreneurs share is the road less travelled by. but you can still learn from those who went before you—what to do and what not to do—in order to increase your odds of success. bend the curve is a book about how to get more out of your big idea from people who know—successful entrepreneurs, the venture capitalists who've funded them, and the experienced mentors of the world's leading new venture accelerator, techstars. visit bendthecurve.co
The babylonians invented it, the greeks banned it, the hindus worshipped it, and the church used it to fend off heretics. for centuries, the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. zero follows this number from its birth as an eastern philosophical concept to its struggle for acceptance in europe and its apotheosis as the mystery of the black hole. today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time, the quest for the
Robert m. pirsig's zen & the art of motorcycle maintenance is an examination of how we live, a meditation on how to live better set around the narration of a summer motorcycle trip across america's northwest, undertaken by a father & his young son.
As staff writer for scientific american, john horgan has a window on contemporary science unsurpassed in all the world. who else routinely interviews the likes of lynn margulis, roger penrose, francis crick, richard dawkins, freeman dyson, murray gell-mann, stephen jay gould, stephen hawking, thomas kuhn, chris langton, karl popper, stephen weinberg, and e.o. wilson, with the freedom to probe their innermost thoughts?in the end of science, horgan displays his genius for getting these larger-than-life figures to be simply human, and scientists, he writes, ”are rarely so human...so at ther mercy
More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is robert sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.and so
We live in a culture of casual certitude. this has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. though no generation believes there’s nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. and then, of course, time passes. ideas shift. opinions invert. what once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure—until, of course, they don’t.but what if we’re
Flatland is a unique, delightful satire that has charmed readers for over a century. published in 1884 by the english clergyman and headmaster edwin a. abbott, it is the fanciful tale of a. square, a two-dimensional being who is whisked away by a mysterious visitor to the land of three dimensions, an experience that forever alters his worldview—just as the book altered the worldview of its victorian readers with the then-radical idea of a fourth dimension.like abbott's original text, ian stewart’s commentary takes readers on a strange and wonderful journey.
Number is an eloquent, accessible tour de force that reveals how the concept of number evolved from prehistoric times through the twentieth century. tobias dantzig shows that the development of math—from the invention of counting to the discovery of infinity—is a profoundly human story that progressed by “trying and erring, by groping and stumbling.” he shows how commerce, war, and religion led to advances in math, and he recounts the stories of individuals whose breakthroughs expanded the concept of number and created the mathematics that we know today.
In the highly anticipated thinking, fast and slow, kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. system 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; system 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. the impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in
Claude shannon was a groundbreaking polymath, a brilliant tinkerer, and a digital pioneer. he constructed a fleet of customized unicycles and a flamethrowing trumpet, outfoxed vegas casinos, and built juggling robots. he also wrote the seminal text of the digital revolution, which has been called “the magna carta of the information age.” his discoveries would lead contemporaries to compare him to albert einstein and isaac newton. his work anticipated by decades the world we’d be living in today—and gave mathematicians and engineers the tools to bring that world to pass.in
Psychiatrist viktor frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. at the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. man's
When sargent "sarge" shriver—founder of the peace corps and architect of president johnson's war on poverty—died in 2011 after a valiant fight with alzheimer's, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. these tributes, which extolled the daily kindness and humanity of "a good man," moved his son mark far more than those who lauded sarge for his big-stage, headline-making accomplishments. after a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, mark instead turns to a search for the secret of his father's
Does time exist? what is infinity? why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? in this scintillating collection, holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who've tried to encompass the latter with the former. with his trademark clarity and humor, holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist emmy noether to the computing pioneer
The generation now coming of age has been taught three great untruths: their feelings are always right; they should avoid pain and discomfort; and they should look for faults in others and not themselves. these three great untruths are part of a larger philosophy that sees young people as fragile creatures who must be protected and supervised by adults. but despite the good intentions of the adults who impart them, the great untruths are harming kids by teaching them the opposite of ancient wisdom and the opposite of modern psychological
In 1975, ray dalio founded an investment firm, bridgewater associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in new york city. forty years later, bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history and grown into the fifth most important private company in the united states, according to fortune magazine. dalio himself has been named to time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. along the way, dalio discovered a set of unique principles that have led to bridgewater’s exceptionally effective culture,