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Posted February 7, 2010
The book, according to the author, has two aims.
First, it tries some detective story of the pinball way the author claims things happen--trying to make readers aware of the ways, they themselves interact with the world and the ways they are affected by the actions of others.
Second, it tries to create a new way of thinking about knowledge and how it should be used in the 21st century multimedia, interactive networking, personal communicators, virtual reality, and unlimited bandwidth that are everyday matters.
The author claims that these technologies will not enhance our lives unless we are not prepared for them. He affirms that the book shows that it is the interaction between data that causes change. The fundamental mechanisms of innovation may consider a new way of defining intelligence: we may measure it by the ability to pinball around through knowledge and make imaginative patterns on the knowledge web.
The book is an easy fun read, and if nothing else, it entertains and offers a glimpse of how the world fits together and broaden the mind.
Posted January 24, 2000
Although, I'm not even finished yet, I know I'll be re-reading this at some time to take advantage of the inspired gateways scattered throughout the text. I remember watching the original 'Connections' series on PBS years ago, and his work fascinated me even then. This work is easily readable, and makes itself readily available to young and old, the scientifically minded and those just looking for a good read. 'Pinball' is a fun excursion through science, technology, and history! If you don't realize just how connected life is, this book will certainly open your eyes to the web of a world in which we live.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.