Faster

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Little, Brown, Sep 15, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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From the bestselling, National Book Award-nominated auhtor of Genius and Chaos, a bracing new work about the accelerating pace of change in today's world. Most of us suffer some degree of "hurry sickness." a malady that has launched us into the "epoch of the nanosecond," a need-everything-yesterday sphere dominated by cell phones, computers, faxes, and remote controls. Yet for all the hours, minutes, and even seconds being saved, we're still filling our days to the point that we have no time for such basic human activities as eating, sex, and relating to our families. Written with fresh insight and thorough research, Faster is a wise and witty look at a harried world not likely to slow down anytime soon.
 

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Gleick does a fine job illustrating the idea that we are creatures of speed accelerating towards infinity.

Contents

Pacemaker
Life as Type A
The Door Close Button
Your Other Face
Time Goes Standard
The New Accelerators
Seeing in Slow Motion
In Real Time
15 Took Shower
Attention Multitaskers
ShotShotShotShot
Presto Changeo
MTV Zooms By
Allegro ma Non Troppo
Can You See It?
HighPressure Minutes

Lost in Time
On Internet Time
QuickYour Opinion?
Decomposition Takes Time
On Your Mark Get Set Think
A Millisecond Here a Millisecond There
1440 Minutes a Day
Sex and Paperwork
Modern Conveniences
Jog More Read Less
Eat and Run
How Many Hours Do You Work?
Time and Motion
The Paradox of Efficiency
365 Ways to Save Time
The Telephone Lottery
Time Is Not Money
ShortTerm Memory
The Law of Small Numbers
Bored
The End
Afterword to the iPublish Edition
Acknowledgments and Notes
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

He wrote the worldwide bestseller Chaos, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He was the 1990 McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University.

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