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John MacCormick’s new book, Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today’s Computers, is very good. You should buy it and read it. Among all the debates about whether or not absolutely everybody must without question learn to program (pro, con), it’s perhaps a good idea to pause and take a…

It’s probably best to start with what Marc J. Kuchner’s new book — Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times — isn’t. It isn’t a social media jackass recipe book for “Success through Twitter.” It isn’t a detailed treatise on marketing theory. It doesn’t come with a guarantee of grants, publications and prizes…

Walter Isaacson’s book on Apple founder & CEO Steve Jobs is a fairly long book. It’s not exactly a thriller either, especially since I know how it ends. As a result it took me a while to plow through it. I tended to read it in bursts of 40 or 50 pages over a few…

A year of books: 2011

I’m including here a list of all the books I’ve read in 2011, as well as some commentary on my particular year in reading. I always enjoy when people post these sorts of lists online and actually rather enjoy doing so myself. I’ve been doing this for a few years now: 2010, 2009, 2008 and…

My 2011 summer reading was pretty meagre this year. For various reasons too boring to go into here, there wasn’t much actually much vacation for me this summer. I think I’ll probably have a better December/Christmas reading list than summer. Such is life. Anyways, what I did read was pretty good, so let’s get to…

Sometimes we Open Access advocates tend to assume everybody is already on our side. You know, all our librarian and scientist colleagues out there. Surely by now they’ve seen the light. They understand the main issues and flavours of OA, can ably summarize the major arguments for OA and refute the major complaints against. Of…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

In his incredibly wonderful new book, On the Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work, Scott Huler gives us three essential take-aways: Thank God for engineers Get out your wallet Let’s learn to love our infrastructure. (p. 217-225) In fact, not much more need really be…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

First of all, let me make this perfectly clear: Scott Rosenberg’s Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters is a seriously terrific book. If you’re a blogger, if you’re interested in the phenomenon of blogging or even if you’re just interested in where the media are headed, then you owe…

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