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Faster: The Acceleration of Just about Everything


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Until recently, James Gleick was best known for Chaos: Making a New Science (1987) and Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman (1982), which were not only bestsellers, but finalists for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, as well. Gleick has been involved in a number of technological endeavors, including work on Pipeline Internet service and Chaos: The Software. He was also chosen to edit the Best American Science Writing 2000. Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything is Gleick's head-spinning (and again, bestselling) discussion about Western society's speed-obsessed relationship with time, and how we buy it, spend it, save it, kill and waste it. The book actually begins at the Directorate of Time (a true US agency, now called the Time Service Bureau, responsible for determining exact time), where Gleick launches ideas fueled by academic-, media-, and government-sponsored statistics to address how much time we devote to sex and paperwork, who pushes the Door Close button in elevators, and how we tie busyness to personal importance. Gleick knew when he wrote Faster that parts of his book would become outdated even before its release; his witty, accessible report is perhaps made even more intriguing by this obsolescence. Faster is thought-provoking and quick — even the most hurried of readers deem it time well spent. Lilus,

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James Gleick is the author of Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman (available from Vintage Books) and Chaos: Making a New Science, both of which were National Book Award nominees. He lives in New York.

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The Acceleration of Just about Everything
Gleick, James
Random House
Social Psychology
Sociology - General
Social aspects
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Publication Date:
September 1999
Trade Cloth
9.07x5.94x1.18 in. 1.10 lbs.

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