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Old 16th January 2018, 01:38 PM   #46
Giordano
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Warning, not for everyone and by no means exclusively a science book: Vikram Chandra- Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty- an odd but (IMO) ultimately intriguing discussion that brings together computer coding, human language, aesthetics, and Indian philosophy/mythology/history. Written by a novelist/coder it is NOT a religious or new wave touchy/feely treatise, but instead an interesting discussion of what is considered elegant coding, what is not, and why. It also discusses the culture of Silicon Valley and how coders rank themselves in the hierarchy of hackers up through the coding elite. And it makes interesting comparisons between the organization of different human and computer languages. Overall the book is a long and twisty path, parts are heavy with history and philosophy, and I did not agree with every point Chandra sought to make. But I enjoyed the trip.
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