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The Acceleration of Just About Everything

Author: James Gleick
Average Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Last Reviewed On: December 16, 1999 (by Scott)

Scott's Review:
4 out of 5 stars on December 16, 1999

James Gleick takes you on a tour throughout our society. The book is very timely (at least as of 1999). It talks about many parts of our world, and how the human race seems obsessed to do things faster. How we're constantly pushing the edges of our perception and handling it all to do a task faster, and how they're constantly improving. He also touches on the question of why we bother, and why we need to.

Faster touches just about everything of life that has been affected by this need for speed, from the atomic clocks of the military, to commercials on TV that you watch. I felt much of this book wandered quite a bit. Though, it was fascinating, it wasn't until far into the book that I was beginning to understand why he was talking about all of these issues.

-- Scott and Michelle