Review: Data And Reality

Data And Reality
Data And Reality by William Kent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fantastic book about the challenge of modeling the world with computers. It was written decades ago but it might have been written yesterday. The questions it poses have for the most part not been answered to any satisfaction. I also think it manages to foreshadow some of the more recent research about the role of metaphor in language and thought. Highly recommended.

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Review: Net of Magic: Wonders and Deceptions in India

Net of Magic: Wonders and Deceptions in India
Net of Magic: Wonders and Deceptions in India by Lee A. Siegel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s hard to even describe this book about Indian street and stage magicians, but I sure did like it. It’s part history, part fiction, part travelogue and wholly fascinating.

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