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Faster : The Acceleration of Just about Everything

By (author) James Gleick

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From the bestselling, National Book Award-nominated author of "Genius" and "Chaos," a bracing new work about the accelerating pace of change in today's world. Most of us suffer some degree of "hurry sickness." a malady that has launched us into the "epoch of the nanosecond," a need-everything-yesterday sphere dominated by cell phones, computers, faxes, and remote controls. Yet for all the hours, minutes, and even seconds being saved, we're still filling our days to the point that we have no time for such basic human activities as eating, sex, and relating to our families. Written with fresh insight and thorough research, "Faster" is a wise and witty look at a harried world not likely to slow down anytime soon.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • 05 Sep 2000
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Vintage Books.
  • 5 LINE DRAWINGS IN TEXT
  • 067977548X
  • 9780679775485
  • 263,943

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James Gleick (www.around.com) was born in New York City in 1954. He worked for ten years as an editor and reporter for "The New York Times," founded an early Internet portal, the Pipeline, and wrote three previous books: Chaos, Genius, and Faster. His latest book Isaac Newton""is available from Pantheon. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife.

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"Fascinating and disturbing, amusing and informative, Faster is an eclectic stew combining history, academic research, and anecdotes drawn from the popular media." --"The Boston Globe" "Well written and enjoyable. . . . A book that demands your attention." --"The Christian Science Monitor" "Nimble, smart, often funny, and--best of all--fast." --"The New York Times Book Review"

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From the bestselling, National Book Award-nominated auhtor of Genius and Chaos, a bracing new work about the accelerating pace of change in today's world. Most of us suffer some degree of "hurry sickness." a malady that has launched us into the "epoch of the nanosecond," a need-everything-yesterday sphere dominated by cell phones, computers, faxes, and remote controls. Yet for all the hours, minutes, and even seconds being saved, we're still filling our days to the point that we have no time for such basic human activities as eating, sex, and relating to our families. Written with fresh insight and thorough research, Faster is a wise and witty look at a harried world not likely to slow down anytime soon.

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