Written in 2000; Baldwin and Clark “argue that the [computer] industry has experienced previously unimaginable levels of innovation and growth because it embraced the concept of modularity, building complex products from smaller subsystems that can be designed independently yet function together as a whole.”
A provocative and often dark poetic work that got Baudelaire prosecuted for an ‘affront to public decency’ and six of its poems banned. I quoted from the essays in the back of the Larousse edition (which, sadly, is not bilingual, so I consulted fleursdumal.org for translations of the poems themselves).
“A satirical book published in 1911. It offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language, lampooning cant and political doublespeak.”
“The Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanity’s repeated attempts to colonize the red planet. The first men were few. … But more rockets arrived from Earth, and more, piercing the hallucinations projected by the Martians.”
Jane is both so strong and in some ways so blind, I love her and she drives me mad. Beautiful writing.
“Cain argues how modern Western culture undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to ‘a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness.'”
“The play is based on the true story of a group of Russian Socialist-Revolutionaries who assassinated the Grand Duke Sergei Romanov in 1905, and explores the moral issues associated with murder and terrorism.”
In the Origin of Species, Darwin briefly claimed that the theory of evolution would shed light on the history of the human race. Descent is his treatise on the subject.
“Dawkins is frequently dismissed as a bully, but he is only putting theological doctrines to the same kind of scrutiny that any scientific theory must withstand. No one who has witnessed the merciless dissection of a new paper in physics would describe the atmosphere as overly polite.”
“Suppose, instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves, as we had since Mendel’s work was rediscovered, we turn it around and imagine that ‘our’ genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes. That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years, and we haven’t thought of evolution in the same way since.”