The book had a good compendium of facts and examples of ways that Google and working with Google has created tremendous value. In the same time, however, the author dismissed any other business model. I am not one to argue with success, but in the same time the world is full with other success stories which the author simply does not see fit to include. Even as he urges us all to be as open as possible and share every bit of information with the rest of the world, he never acknowledges that Google is often reclusive about its own methods (algorithms, strategies, etc). They urge customers and consumers to be open and make it easy for them in a variety of ways, including creating open APIs and infrastructure - after all Google makes money by essentially publishing other people's content. But in the same time when it comes to the real core knowledge and IP - they can be as closed as a Big Pharma.
All this is not to say that Google is not a revolutionary business from which anyone can lear a lot. This book, however is way too biased, skipping over problems and snags when the basic premisse is to be contradicted. Maybe it should be called Google Can Do No Wrong.
I love science books and really enjoy biology books. But I am having a very hard time writing this review. Maybe I am just not the intended audience for this book. I enjoy learning about how things work. Why they work a certain way. This book is not about those things as much as it can help it. Its about taxonomy and enumeration. All of what I would consider true science content is at high school level. Actually the whole book felt like a high school course. A ton or redundancy, a ton of pre-qualification, a ton of specifically excluding content (as if I should be happy that it won't be on my final). Really cool concepts like horizontal transfer, streamlined genomes and jumping genes are mentioned but barely explored.
Before buying this book - I would really read the description. Dyer has written the 'Field Guide' to bacteria, and these lectures are the course to go with it. Imagine bird watching with a book describing what birds are called, where they live and what their basic behaviors are. Some content on the best places and methods to spot birds. This is the equivalent for bacteria.
If you are not into taxonomy and ' - watching' I would not get this volume.
Quite a few inconsistencies, in the plot, in the character's behavior as well as in the technology make this a somewhat annoying listen. It could have been a whole lot better.
One of the best books I've yet to listen to. Watts puts the Science back into Science Fiction without sacrificing the story. His characters are singular and engaging. Great narration.
Interesting premise, horrible execution. Flat characters, bad story line. Cant say I like anything about it. Maybe if I was 10, I would not have considered my credit wated.
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