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  • Published: 18 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9780141975467
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Analogia

The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines




A spellbinding exploration of the emergence of the digital age and an unsettling vision of what comes next

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.

  • Published: 18 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9780141975467
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

George Dyson

George Dyson is a science historian as well as a boat designer and builder. He is also the author of BaidarkaProject Orion, and Darwin Among the Machines.

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Praise for Analogia

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

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

An odyssey of discovery ... part autobiography, part science manual, part history book

Izabella Kaminska, Financial Times

Few writers could string together a coherent and compelling tale out of elements as varied as the Bering-Chirikov expedition to Siberia in 1741, the construction of a US heliograph intelligence network, tree houses, kayak designs and the future of artificial intelligence. Dyson is one in this quirky personal history of technology.

John Tothill, Financial Times

Brilliant ... idiosyncratic ... to read him is to be led on the strangest of adventures, on paths untread, up and down trees, and through rivers of time

Jason Kehe, WIRED

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