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Coders: Who They Are, What They Think and How They Are Changing Our World
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Clive Thompson
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Coders: Who They Are, What They Think and How They Are Changing Our World

Clive Thompson



Ethical & social aspects of computing;
Computer programming & software development


352 pages

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Facebook's algorithms shaping the news. Self-driving cars roaming the streets. Revolution on Twitter and romance on Tinder. We live in a world constructed of code - and coders are the ones who built it for us. From acclaimed tech writer Clive Thompson comes a brilliant anthropological reckoning with the most powerful tribe in the world today, computer programmers, in a book that interrogates who they are, how they think, what qualifies as greatness in their world, and what should give us pause. They are the most quietly influential people on the planet, and Coders shines a light on their culture.

In pop culture and media, the people who create the code that rules our world are regularly portrayed in hackneyed, simplified terms, as ciphers in hoodies. Thompson goes far deeper, dramatizing the psychology of the invisible architects of the culture, exploring their passions and their values, as well as their messy history. Programmers shape our everyday behavior: When they make something easy to do, we do more of it. When they make it hard or impossible, we do less of it. Thompson wrestles with the major controversies of our era, from the disruption fetish of Silicon Valley to the struggle for inclusion by marginalized groups.

To understand the world today, we need to understand code and its consequences. With Coders,Thompson gives a definitive look into the heart of the machine.

By:   Clive Thompson
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   592g
ISBN:   9781529018998
ISBN 10:   1529018994
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   April 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. He is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.

It's a delight to follow Clive Thompson's roving, rollicking mind anywhere. When that `anywhere' is the realm of the programmers, the pleasure takes on extra ballast. Coders is an engrossing, deeply clued-in ethnography, and it's also a book about power, a new kind: where it comes from, how it feels to wield it, who gets to try - and how all that is changing. -- Robin Sloan, author of <i>Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore</i> With his trademark clarity and insight, Clive Thompson gives us an unparalleled vista into the mind-set and culture of programmers, the often-invisible architects and legislators of the digital age. -- Steven Johnson, author of <i>How We Got to Now</i> Clive Thompson is more than a gifted reporter and writer. He is a brilliant social anthropologist. And, in this masterful book, he illuminates both the fascinating coders and the bewildering technological forces that are transforming the world in which we live. -- David Grann, author of <i>The Lost City of Z</i>

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