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The Guardian of All Things by Michael S. Malone
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Jun 17, 2016

really liked it
Read from May 28 to June 17, 2016

Like James Burke's Connections, this book magically connects innovations over hundreds of years (one innovation leads to another and to yet another) to describe how we've evolved the capture of human memory. From cave painting, to tablet carving, to writing, to paper, to quills, to pen, and so on to computer RAM. The marvelous connection of a 1600 automaton duck created for the French court (it consumed food and pooped duck scat) leading to the creation of computer tabular cards was particularly memorable.

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