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SMcN

Bellingham, WA USA

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  • The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    In 1793, William Smith, the orphan son of a village blacksmith, made a startling discovery that was to turn the science of geology on its head. While surveying the route for a canal near Bath, he noticed that the fossils found in one layer of the rocks he was excavating were very different from those found in another. And out of that realization came an epiphany: that by following these fossils one could trace layers of rocks as they dipped, rose and fell, clear across England and clear across the world.

    reggie p says: "Geology made interesting"
    "Not Much Here"
    Overall

    If you hope to learn anything about geology or scientific method, this is not the book for you. This book limits itself to the life and trials of William Smith, and delivers its message in a dry, 3rd person list of events. Even the "map" and Smith's innovations in developing it, are mentioned only in generalities, with no little discussion of how they were developed or the context of science at the time. Very disappointing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7298)
    Performance
    (4311)
    Story
    (4343)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Seeing the (near) Future"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I actually read this book, and its companion 'Freedom (TM),' over a year ago. No book has ever stayed with me, or so accurately predicted events occurring today. This book is exciting from the first word, and will teach you more about security, corporate greed, and both the good and the bad that can come from reliance on technology. Very entertaining, and very informative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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