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Acid Tongues and Tranquil Dreamers by Michael  White
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Oct 16, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: pop-science, politics-history-philosophy, nonfiction
Recommended to Heidi by: San Francisco Public Library
Read in October, 2008

A good interesting, intelligent history of scientific rivalry. I have always been a fan of Tesla, so the Edison v. Tesla story I felt was particularly interesting, but the Newton v. Liebniz was also very good. I learned a bit about the foundations of modern physics, chemistry and electronics, the way some of the great innovations have worked and the progress of scientific innovation/culture/methodology through the book. I felt the last story, Gates v. Ellison, was a bit difficult to tackle in this format. Writing a history of living figures and a quickly evolving modern industry is just going to be harder, and has the potential to quickly feel dated. I think that those factors definitely made me feel that the last story was the least interesting - though it made me interested in reading more thorough explorations of that time frame. Also, Steve Jobs and Macintosh & Apple aren't mentioned, which we can definitely see as an oversight at this point.

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