I’ve recently finished Paul Allen’s excellent memoir entitled “Idea Man” and the recent biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Obviously, I didn’t read them at the same time … but one after there other! But, they were a fascinating read taken together, as they cover some of the same story from . . . → Read More: Jobs versus Allen
I’ve just finished reading this book, which I have to say was really good. The book is about how a handful of rogue scientists deliberately spread disinformation on a range of key issues, including tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole and climate change. Their key strategy was to argue the science . . . → Read More: Merchants of Doubt
Recently, I finished reading Coders at Work by Peter Seibel. The book consists of a series of interviews with the following (impressive) list of programmers and computer scientists: [[Jamie Zawinski]], [[Brad Fitzpatrick]], [[Douglas Crockford]], [[Brendan Eich]], [[Josh Bloch]], [[Joes Armstrong (programming)|Joe Armstrong]], [[Simon Peyton-Jones]], [[Peter Norvig]], [[Guy Steele]], [[Dan Ingalls]], [[L Peter Deutsch|Peter Deutsch]], . . . → Read More: Got Any Quotes from Coders At Work?
Recently, I finished reading Freakonomics, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. and I have to say that I really liked it!!
The book is focuses on the study of everyday aspects of life using the tools of economics and statistics. What I really liked is that the author is really trying . . . → Read More: Freakonomics
I recently finished reading Steven Johnson’s “Where Good Ideas Come From“. This is a rather interesting book which takes a walk through history looking at how good ideas come to be.
The central thesis is that “Eureka” moments — typified by a loan genius working on some problem having a breakthrough idea . . . → Read More: Where Good Ideas Come From
I just finished up reading “The Design of Design” by Fred Brookes JR (author of the Mythical Man Month):
This book is a reflection on the design process itself and, in particular, what good designers are made of. Overall, I feel surprisingly positive about it, and basically enjoyed it. Reading between . . . → Read More: The Design of Design
Recently, I’ve been reading “Beautiful Code” (edited by Andy Oram & Greg Wilson). This is a collection of short papers by academics and professional software developers which explores the idea of beauty in software:
I was looking forward to this, partly because we’ve just started a new course . . . → Read More: Beautiful Code … ?