George Dyson - Analogia
Or: The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines.
George Dyson plots an unexpected course through the past 300 years to reveal the hidden connections that underpin our digital age, ending with a premonition of what lies ahead.
How did we end up in a world where humans coexist with technologies we can no longer fully control or understand?
From an eighteenth-century Russian voyage across the North Pacific, to the mirror signals that heralded the age of digital telecommunications and the invention of the vacuum tube, Analogia interweaves historical adventure with scientific insight in a deeply personal story that frames the pursuit – and cost – of the digital revolution in a captivating new light.
Paperback, Published in 2022, 304 pages
“The most delightfully peculiar book I’ve ever read. It’s grand and intimate, personal and cosmic, and about digital computing and archaic hunter gatherers. Every paragraph is a surprise”- Kevin Kelly, Wired
“An odyssey of discovery … part autobiography, part science manual, part history book”- Izabella Kaminska, Financial Times
“Few writers could string together a coherent and compelling tale out of elements as varied as the Bering-Chirikov expedition to Siberia in 1741, the construction of a US heliograph intelligence network, tree houses, kayak designs and the future of artificial intelligence. Dyson is one in this quirky personal history of technology.”- John Tothill, Financial Times
George Dyson is a historian of technology and the author of several books including Turing’s Cathedral, Project Orion and Darwin Among the Machines. His subjects range from the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak to the evolution of artificial intelligence.