You may know Steven Levy for his many books--his most recent is The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness
--or from his work covering technology for various magazines. He made the move to writing full time for Wired
after 12 years at Newsweek
just this year (I linked
to his recent review
of Anathem last week).
A true expert on the matter, he recently published his list of the top 10 general-interest technology books over at ieee spectrum online
Any great nonfiction book combines education with entertainment. In drafting my A-list of general-interest books about technology, I considered impact and significance but gave still more weight to the reading experience. This is a collection where lay readers can appreciate each entry--and engineers, programmers, and other tech professionals can't afford to miss a single one.
His choices are:
The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance
Mirror Worlds: Or the Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox...How It Will Happen and What It Will Mean
A New Kind of Science
Godel, Escher, and Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age
The Design of Everyday Things
The Soul of a New Machine
The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
You can find the original article, with detailed reviews of every book on the list, here.
Have a great Labor Day everyone!
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.