Computer Science Book Reviews

Computer Science:


2019:


DNS over HTTPS (DoH): "Permanent Record" by Edward Snowden
Tortoiseshell Ray-Bans: "Adventures of a Computational Explorer" by Stephen Wolfram
p.name = (strcpy, "Manuel Augusto Antão"): "Your First Year in Code" by Isaac Lyman
ζ (s) = 0: “Dr. Riemann's Zeros” by Karl Sabbagh
Shinfuseki: "Go with the Flow - How the Great Master of Go Trained His Mind" by Hunhyun Cho, Jungmin You (Trans.)
Nicht-Logische-Kunstücke: “Incompleness - The proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel” by Rebecca Goldstein
Ropey Lemmings: "Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning" by Christopher M. Bishop
Wave-Function Collapse: "What We Cannot Know: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge" by Marcus du Sautoy


2018:


Saviours: "The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation" by Darrell M. West
GOFAI vs AML: "Common Sense, the Turing Test, and the Quest for Real AI" by Hector J. Levesque
Sock Theory vs. String Theory: "When Einstein Walked with Gödel - Excursions to the Edge of Thought" by Jim Holt
Pro- or Anti-Wittgensteinian SF: “Rogue Protocol” by Martha Wells
Star-gazing SecUnits: “Artificial Condition - The MurderBot Diaries 2” by Martha Wells
Non-Distinctive Narrative Voice: "All Systems Red" by Martha Wells
(Count-of-Self) = 0: "Superintelligence - Paths, Dangers, Strategies" by Nick Bostrom
My Y2K with SAP R/3: "A Life in Code - A Personal History of Technology" By Ellen Ullman
Transferable Skills: "Wired For Coding: How to Stand Out From The Crowd and Land Your First Job as a Developer" by William Bushee



2017:




Amazon Cloud Drive Shutting Down Unlimited Storage: Outrage galore!
Incompleteness: “Build Deeper - Deep Learning Beginner's Guide" by Thimira Amaratunga
Deep Learning Architectures: “Life 3.0 - Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” by Max Tegmark
Programming is Like Music: "Python - Become A Master In Python" by Richard Dorsey
733bi/fo@@h732=|$dGGGHHH&+~52: "Think Like a Hacker - A Sysadmin's Guide to Cybersecurity" by Michael J. Melone
ThisIsMyPasswordForNatWest: "KALI LINUX - How to crack passwords using Hashcat - The Visual Guide" by Taylor Cook
The Emperor Had the Boy Locked Up: "Mastering Kali Linux for Web Penetration Testing” by Michael McPhee
Chess Shenanigans: "Mortal Games - The Turbulent Genius of Garry Kasparov" by Fred Waitzkin
Beyond the Usual Alpha-Beta Search: "Deep Thinking - Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins” by Garry Kasparov, Mig Greengard
WannaCry Ransomware
This is How the World Will End: "The Art of Invisibility" by Kevin Mitnick, Robert Vamosi


2016:


Data Centres Infrastructure as Praxis and Abstraction: Building a Modern Data Center - Principles and Strategies of Design” by Scott D. Lowe, David M. Davis, James Green
Coding Languages vs. Natural Languages: Story of Your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang
People are not Google’s 'Customers' or Even Google’s 'Users, but Its Feudal Livestock: “The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things” by Bruce Sterling



2015:



Machine Learning Made Easier (or NOT!): "The Master Algorithm" by Pedro Domingos
No Shortcuts for Security: "Cyberwar, Cyberterror, Cybercrime and Cyberactivism" (2nd Edition) by Julie Mehan
Leadership is Like Sex: "Becoming a Technical Leader" by Gerald M. Weinberg
Managing the Transition of Critical Business Applications to the Cloud: "Cloud Governance and Management Made Simple" by Lita Fulton
ATE1S7=255S11=35V1X4S0=0 or in the days when modems ruled the earth: “Commodork: Sordid Tales from a BBS Junkie” by Rob O'Hara
Day-job: "IT's Hidden Face - Everything you always wanted to know about Information Technology. A look behind the scenes" by Claude Roeltgen
Geeking out or Vegging out. That Is The Question: "Some Remarks" by Neal Stephenson




2013:


Elegance Personified: "The Art of UNIX Programming" by Eric S. Raymond


2012:


AI Self-Awareness: "Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World" by Christopher Steiner



2011:


def __init__(self, name): "The Art of Computer Programming" by Donald E. Knuth
RIP Ritchie (1941-2011): "The C Programming Language" by Kernighan and Ritchie


2010:


Magic Pixies: "The Character of Consciousness" by David J. Chalmers
SallyAnne Test: "Self Comes to Mind - Constructing the Conscious Brain" by António R. Damásio


2007:



2000:




2001:


Zero-overhead Abstraction: "The C++ Programming Language" by Bjarne Stroustrup


1994:


Life Is but a Dream: "Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain" by António R. Damásio


1992:


Icing on the Cake: "Consciousness Explained" by Daniel C. Dennett


1991:



Physics and Computer Science for Laymen: "The Emperor's New Mind" by Roger Penrose


1981:



No Such Agency: "Cryptography - A Primer" by Alan G. Konheim


1980:




Intelligence: "Gödel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas R. Hofstadter
{ s(Q|X) = -K SUM(p*ln(p)) }: "Symbols, Signals and Noise" by J. R. Pierce

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