James Gleick – Faster April 27, 2013Posted by stuffilikenet in Books.
Faster, by James Gleick, is not really a book about time. That’s too ambitions for any popular bit of science writing, as Mr. Gleick is famous for producing. It is more a meditation on the changing nature of the pace of human life, as (appropriately) measured by our ever-faster technology. Said meditation produces a number of effects, as meditations are wont to do, but none of them are very meaningful except to sharpen the sense that, as time is ill-defined, so our sense of it must also be vague. Gleick is one of my favorite authors for his choices of subject, mostly; I am a geek, after all. I enjoyed the listening but I’m not sure I learned anything (except that lately most changes to the rules of major league baseball have been made to speed up the game. I would never have known that, since I only started watching baseball for the Giant’s Series wins).[Go Giants!—editor]
Still, if you like some soft popular science this would be a relaxing book. It is certainly a well-researched book and I did like it. Astoundingly, the price of the CDs containing the audiobook are for sale at the link above for $128.18 and the audible version is $17.95, a pretty easy choice. Makes one wonder how Amazon calculates their markup, doesn’t it?