Reviews of Non-fiction Books to Read — Technology

Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli

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Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli

 Werner Heisenberg can't stop sneezing in the summer of 1925, which happens to be allergy season. The 23-year-old scientist flees to Helgoland, a tiny rocky island in the North Sea, in order to relieve his hay fever symptoms. He starts to ponder carefully about atoms while he is here, finally able to take a deep breath. His discoveries will have a profound impact on physics and our understanding of reality. Based on the excellent storytelling of physicist Carlo Rovelli, these notes recount the intriguing tale of how quantum mechanics came to be discovered and discovered by scientists. As you go through the book, you will learn what Heisenberg's ideas tell us about the bizarre and paradoxical world of subatomic particles, and you will see how his discoveries uncovered issues that continue to confound scientists today. Discover how hay fever helped scientists discover quantum physics, when a thing isn't actually an object, and why multiverses aren't required in these set of notes.

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

To exaggerate the significance of Steve Jobs' contributions to the development of our modern, computer-mediated world would be difficult to do justice. Jobs, a single-minded perfectionist, was also a visionary who wished to transform the world via technological advancement. This best-selling book reveals that although Jobs's perfectionism and passion propelled him to greatness, those same characteristics were also the source of friction and strife inside the company. Jobs's conduct was often characterized as brattish in his interactions with workers and colleagues, despite the fact that Jobs maintained that he was just attempting to motivate people to do their best work. The following notes detail the fascinating life of one of the most influential technology icons of our time, as well as the incredible story of a teenage prank that resulted in the formation of a partnership that would go on to become one of the most valuable technology companies on the face of the planet.

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