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Turing's Cathedral by George Dyson
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Mar 19, 2012

did not like it

The author could not hope for a more sympathetic reader for this subject, but the presentation of the material was too poor for me to wade through. I hate giving up on a book like this because it is chalked full of information of great interest to me, but the writing is so scattered and disjointed that it is just not worth the effort. There can be little doubt that Dyson knows his subject. There can also be little doubt that he does not have the faculty for communicating it. These are fascinating times he is writing about, yet he manages to sap almost everything from them. The effect is rather like listening to a very bright, but painfully dull and hopelessly flight savant ramble drunkenly through a historical subject, its people, its event, fracturing the timeline and meandering about from one thing to the next with no regard for how they are connected. This book needed both a different editor and a different writer.
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Scott The different writer being maybe...N.Stephenson?

Matthew That would be marvelous.

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