Don’t you agree that a book is the best companion a man can have? The increase in the variety and the quantity of books on offer has gone beyond comprehension. Today we are exposed to so many books that it becomes hard to remember the name of even those that you were looking for… This makes the book market more competitive for the authors as well as a struggle for the readers to get a book of their interest. There won’t be any library in the world which contains all the books being published, let alone the stores. It is hard to gauge the popularity of books but some are a class apart. Nowadays prices aren’t a big issue as they’ve gone low because of the e-book versions available and popularity mainly depends on the quality of the content available. Let’s introduce you to some of the very interesting books on technology that might leave a mark on your mind:
1. Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
Michio Kaku who is famous for some other similar work in physics gives a great depiction of the world we will be able to see by the end of the century. He touches a lot of areas which would have revolutionized after that many decades and an average reader is able to comprehend what the scenario will be. If you want to peep into the future that may be only your great-grandchildren will see, this book is good enough for you.
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2. Steve Jobs
The biography of the pioneer of personal computers can’t be left out of this list. You might have thought it coming and indeed it did. The death of the icon in the industry has made innumerable headlines around the world and his chronic illness was one reason Walter Isaacson embarked on this project. He conducted hundreds of interviews with Steve Jobs, his friends, family members and acquaintances for compilation of this book and it is indeed a book that will make you realize how great the man was.
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3. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick has given a touch to every aspect of information that we get today from different resources. At the beginning, it clarifies the very concept of information, and then gives the historical context of how messages were conveyed and today’s scenario of how it reaches us and what affects it has on us. In between, the author also discusses the mathematical postulates and theories that define the ways in which information is exchanged.
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4. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You
Ever wondered why you experience the ads that interest you the most? Eli Pariser argues about the way search engines and social networks are suggesting the user based on his personal likes and dislikes. Now even links shown in search results are ordered according to the interest of the user. The writer establishes that usage of such filters is going to give a biased viewpoint of the cyber life and our thinking ability will be badly affected. Such filtering can even lead to privacy issues and internet users need to object to these policies.
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5. Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy
Author for this best seller is Andrew MacAfee who is an economist by profession. The notion for this book is to prove how the evolution in information technology due to the digital ideas is going to affect the job markets in a disastrous way. The book serves not only as a propaganda tool for mourning about job reductions but also gives valuable insight into how such trends will affect the businesses’ operations and economy.
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6. What Technology Wants
This book is based on the idea that technology is an entity or a creature. It has its own history, requirements and behavior. It’s a fact that we depend more on technology than fellow human beings and it is imperative on all of us to devise policies and plans to let the technological systems move in the best possible direction. Kevin Kelly, the author of the book is a cofounder of popular ‘Wired’ Magazine.
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7. Mac OS X Lion – The Missing Manual
The popularity of the latest releases of Mac OS has given a big boost to Apple’s standing. It is no wonder that a text that elaborates the features of this version of Mac and that too by making it fun, is going to hit the trash. David Pogue, the author of the book is known for his humorous videos with relation to technology shown on CNBC.
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8. Cracking the Coding Interview – 150 Programming Questions and Solutions
Thousands of programmers and IT related professionals are naturally attracted to this book on just reading the titles. Popular programming languages such as C++ and Java, object-oriented programming, databases and various other areas of computer science are discussed. Insight into the interview process helps readers devise their response to the questions asked.
Gayle Laakmann McDowell has included some of the technology giants in his work.
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9. The Shallows – What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Nicholas Carr has taken a thought-provoking perspective of the impact of internet on our minds. He has related our habits of learning, perceiving and concentrating to the use of internet by using neuroscience. The writer has always been known as a critic of such a profound role of IT in our lives and this work is no different.
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10. The Pragmatic Programmer – From Journeyman to Master
Andrew Hunt and David Thomas have authored many other books related to software. This book, as the title suggests is for programmers with any level of experience. It also helps in making the job of managers easier. By constantly keeping in touch with this book such professionals can see an increase in the productivity, accuracy and quality of their work. A sense of tracking back to the previous work is developed and one is able to explain in his own way how a code works and how is it managed.
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