Synopses & Reviews
For the past decade change seemed to happen over night, every night. Fueled by the exponential rise of technology, the digital revolution was difficult for many to make sense of, but James Gleick watched and analyzed, criticized and commended, participated in and prophesized about the instantaneous transformations of the world as we knew it.
What Just Happened is a collection of Gleick's articles from this equally exciting and terrifying decaderemember Y2K?that range from condemnations of maddeningly pervasive bugs in Microsoft software to the invisible shackles we wear in an "Inescapably Connected" world. Combining insight and reason with wit and passion, What Just Happened is an essential tour of our technology-driven mania.
What Just Happened is a lively time capsule that examines the recent pastone that, not long ago, seemed fairly far-fetched. Columbus Dispatch
"Gleick is the king of popular science writing." Irish Times
"Gleick is one of America's leading exegete of the technological revolution that, like it or not, is taking over all our lives. He spends his at the cutting edge of computer and allied sciences, returning from the front with visions of the future." The Observer
Gleicks essays remain pertinent. The New York Times Book Review
James Gleick . . . is on the outer reaches of the electronic frontier . . . and [he] has mastered it. The Roanoke Times
What Just Happened is a lively time capsule that examines the recent past one that, not long ago, seemed mostly far-fetched. The Columbus Dispatch
From condemnations of maddeningly pervasive bugs in Microsoft software to the invisible shackles people wear in an inescapably connected world, Gleick watches and analyzes, criticizes and commends, participates in and prophesizes about the instantaneous transformations of the world as he knows it.
About the Author
James Gleick (www.around.com) was born in New York City in 1954. He worked for ten years as an editor and reporter for The New York Times, founded an early Internet portal, the Pipeline, and wrote three previous books: Chaos, Genius, and Faster. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife.