Analogia by George Dyson audiobook

Analogia: The Emergence of Technology Beyond Programmable Control

By George Dyson
Read by Donald Corren

Recorded Books, Inc. 9780374104863

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781664601956

  • ISBN: 9781664766563

Runtime: 9.70 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Technology & Engineering
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In Analogia, technology historian George Dyson presents a startling look back at the analog age and life before the digital revolution—and an unsettling vision of what comes next.

In 1716, the philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz spent eight days taking the cure with Peter the Great at Bad Pyrmont in Saxony, seeking to initiate a digitally-computed takeover of the world. In his classic books, Darwin Among the Machines and Turing’s Cathedral, Dyson chronicled the realization of Leibniz’s dream at the hands of a series of iconoclasts who brought his ideas to life. Now, in his pathbreaking new book, Analogia, he offers a chronicle of people who fought for the other side—the Native American leader Geronimo and physicist Leo Szilard, among them—a series of stories that will change our view not only of the past but also of the future.

The convergence of a startling historical archaeology with Dyson’s unusual personal story—set alternately in the rarified world of cutting-edge physics and computer science, in Princeton, and in the rainforest of the Northwest Coast—leads to a prophetic vision of an analog revolution already under way. We are, Dyson reveals, on the cusp of a new moment in human history, driven by a generation of machines whose powers are beyond programmable control.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s grand and intimate, personal and cosmic, and about digital computing and archaic hunter gatherers. Every paragraph is a surprise.” Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired
“Pleasingly eccentric [and] impossibly wide-ranging…Racing from the Stone Age to the coming singularity, Dyson is in fine fettle…A thoughtful―and most thought-provoking―exploration of where our inventions have taken and will take us.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: George Dyson

Author Bio: George Dyson

George Dyson is a historian of technology and the author of several books including Turing’s Cathedral, Project Orion, and Darwin among the Machines. His subjects range from the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak to the evolution of artificial intelligence.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Technology & Engineering
Runtime: 9.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English