Sunday, October 12, 2014
Choosing a Book
The three books I considered were "The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution," by Walter Issacson, "How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World," by Steven Johnson, and "Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)," by Christian Rudder. The first book is described as a series of biographies about the people important to the digital revolution. The second book's title is pretty clear indicator about what it is about- it goes into detail about the six most important inventions/innovations throughout history. The third book, which is the one I ended up choosing is described as an investigation into human behavior and takes a look at the new phenomenon of big data. I pretty much just went through the process that was described on the class website. I looked up all three books on the numerous internet resources and "Dataclysm" just seemed like the most interesting to me, and I am looking forward to reading it. I had some trouble finding any academic reviews of the book though so I'll have to look into that more.