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[Book Review] Leonardo’s Brain by Leonard Shlain

Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a great idea for a book! A mixture of History, Art History, Psychology, and Brain Science, Leonardo’s Brain is a wonderful attempt to … Continue reading

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Microsoft: EmbraceR, ExtendeR, ExtinquisheR

I read with great interest the new blog post over at R Revolutions about the release of “Microsoft R Open 3.3.0.”¬† And for those of us old enough to remember the Browser Wars of the late 90s, and the resulting¬† … Continue reading

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[Book Review] The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos

The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos My rating: 5 of 5 stars While coached as a guidebook to help find “The Master Algorithm,” the one AI algorithm “that … Continue reading

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: Probably not good. Maybe not bad.

Oh, what to do about the Microsoft and LinkedIn deal? You may decide to delete your LinkedIn account, like Cathy O’Neil did. Or you may just decide to keep it, although unless you’re looking for a job, or looking for … Continue reading

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[Book Review] The Math Book by Clifford Pickover

The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics by Clifford A. Pickover My rating: 3 of 5 stars The idea of devoting a one page explanation to a particular mathematical topic, explaining … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe by Simon Singh

Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe by Simon Singh My rating: 4 of 5 stars Simon Singh is an excellent writer and popularizer of science and science history. He goes to great length to explain some of the more … Continue reading

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[Book Review] The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible by Lance Fortnow

The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible by Lance Fortnow My rating: 3 of 5 stars Writing a Popular Science book is tough work. Very few authors seem to be able to walk the line between … Continue reading

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