Faster

Kobo ebook | September 15, 2000

byJames Gleick

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From the bestselling, National Book Award-nominated auhtor of Genius and Chaos, a bracing new work about the accelerating pace of change in today's world. Most of us suffer some degree of "hurry sickness." a malady that has launched us into the "epoch of the nanosecond," a need-everything-yesterday sphere dominated by cell phones, computers, faxes, and remote controls. Yet for all the hours, minutes, and even seconds being saved, we're still filling our days to the point that we have no time for such basic human activities as eating, sex, and relating to our families. Written with fresh insight and thorough research, Faster is a wise and witty look at a harried world not likely to slow down anytime soon.

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From the bestselling, National Book Award-nominated auhtor of Genius and Chaos, a bracing new work about the accelerating pace of change in today's world. Most of us suffer some degree of "hurry sickness." a malady that has launched us into the "epoch of the nanosecond," a need-everything-yesterday sphere dominated by cell phones, comp...

He wrote the worldwide bestseller Chaos, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He was the 1990 McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446931306

ISBN - 13:9780446931304

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hurry up and read it!...kidding (I think) It's probably just my own private neurosis...but all the while I was reading 'Faster' I had this compulsion to finish it rightawayNOW, before I flunked some unspecified speed test. One of the many, many such tests that, as Gleick proves here, have woven themselves into daily life without our even realizing it. Not, mind you, that I wasn't being hugely entertained in the meantime; the author has a fun knack for weaving bits and pieces of the pop-culture experience into his scientific treatises. (Very few physics books take in quotes from Richard Feynman AND 'Mystery Science Theater 3000.') His style is that of a tourist visiting daily life, flittering from aspect to aspect, pausing to bemusedly examine whatever time-related absurdity catches his eye. It's a complex ride, but worth it...now, if you'll excuse me, I have ten more pages to go before lunch, and that's only five minutes from...
Date published: 2001-03-10