《失控》,全名为《失控:机器、社会与经济的新生物学》(Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World)。 2006年,《长尾》作者克里斯·安德森在亚马逊网站上这样评价该书: “这可能是90年代最重要的一本书”,并且是“少有的一年比一年卖得好的书”。“尽管书中的一些例子在十几年后可能有些过时,但(它们所表达的)信息却 越来越成为真知灼见”。“在那时人们还无法想象博客和维基等大众智慧的突起,但凯利却分毫不差地预见到了。这可能是过去十年来最聪明的一本书。” 这是一部思考人类社会(或更一般意义上的复杂系统)进化的“大部头”著作,对于那些不惧于“头脑体操”的读者来说,必然会开卷有益。 《失控》成书于1994年,作者是《连线》杂志的创始主编凯文·凯利。这本书所记述的,是他对当时科技、社会和经济最前沿的一次漫游,以及借此所窥得的未来图景。 书中提到并且今天正在兴起或大热的概念包括:大众智慧、云计算、物联网、虚拟现实、敏捷开发、协作、双赢、共生、共同进化、网络社区、网络经济,等等。说它是一本“预言式”的书并不为过。其中必定还隐藏着我们尚未印证或窥破的对未来的“预言”。
Paine, Thomas /
The American Crisis was a series of pamphlets published from 1776 to 1783 during the American Revolution by eighteenth century Enlightenment philosopher and author Thomas Paine. The first volume begins with the famous words "These are the times that try men's souls". There were sixteen pamphlets in total together often known as "The American Crisis" or simply "The Crisis". Thirteen numbered pamphlets were published between 1776-1777 with three additional pamphlets released between 1777-1783. The writings were contemporaneous with the early parts of the American Revolution, during the times that colonists needed inspiring. They were written in a language the common man could manage and are indicative of Paine's liberal philosophies. Paine signed them with one of his many pseudonyms "Common Sense". The writings bolstered the morale of the American colonists, appealed to the English people's consideration of the war with America, clarified the issues at stake in the war and denounced the advocates of a negotiated peace.
Andrew Edited By Lang /
Books on Tape, Inc. /
THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS is one of the great storybooks of the world and is a thousand or more years old. As early as the tenth century, a Persian collection of tales told of a king who was in the habit of killing his wives after their first night together. Finally, he married the Wezir's clever daughter who nightly told him a tale which she left unfinished at dawn so that his curiosity led him to spare her until the tale could be completed. ALADDIN, ALIBABA and SINDBAD are presented here as a tribute to the enduring power these stories have to enchant, to charm, and to mystify. "If you have not done so, read these clever, action-packed stories. Encourage every child you know to do the same. They are as enthralling as when they were first written." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)
New Amer Library /
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ayn Rand's birth, this newly revised collection of her early fiction ranges from works written from 1926 through 1940, and includes her previously unpublished short story, "The Night King." Original.