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The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines

George Dyson



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Allen Lane
17 November 2020
Autobiography: science, technology & engineering; Mathematics & Sciences; Impact of science & technology on society; Popular science; History of engineering & technology; Computer science
In a world where humans coexist with technologies they no longer control or understand, who holds the future?

George Dyson plots a thrilling and unexpected course through 300 years of history and science to reveal the hidden connections that underpin the digital transformation of the current age, ending with a premonition of what might follow.

From an eighteenth-century Russian expedition to the furthest reaches of North America, to the mirror signals that heralded the age of digital long-range communications and the invention of the vacuum tube, Analogia interweaves historical adventure with scientific insight in a deeply personal story that frames the pursuit - and cost - of the digital revolution in a captivating new light.
By:   George Dyson
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 31mm
Weight:   595g
ISBN:   9781846147449
ISBN 10:   1846147441
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   17 November 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

George Dyson, a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, is an independent historian of technology whose subjects have included the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka, 1986), the evolution of artificial intelligence (Darwin Among the Machines, 1997), a path not taken into space (Project Orion, 2002), and the transition from numbers that mean things to numbers that do things in the aftermath of World War II (Turing's Cathedral, 2012).

Reviews for Analogia: The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines

An odyssey of discovery ... part autobiography, part science manual, part history book -- Izabella Kaminska * Financial Times * The most delightfully peculiar book I've ever read. It's grand and intimate, personal and cosmic, and about digital computing and archaic hunter gatherers. Every paragraph is a surprise -- Kevin Kelly * Wired * This book pierces through the fog of everyday life. Read and you will become aware of history you need to know, and of how the last few centuries of the human story sit within a much larger, epochal frame. An extra treat is insight into the remarkable Dyson family -- Jaron Lanier * Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now *

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