Empire of the Sum: The Rise and Reign of the Pocket Calculator is out now, published by W. W. Norton.
An entertaining, informative story about a technology that defined an era.
To describe a calculator as “a symphony of solenoids and switches” (that would be an early, discarded model of what would become the Casio 14-A, which went on the market in 1975 for $1,347) may not be erotica, but it is good writing — and these days, the latter is rather more rare.
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The Book is out now, published by W. W. Norton.
Hundreds of books about books have been published during the past century…I will not claim that this one is the very best of all time. Yet The Book is possibly the best of our time.
Erudite, playful, and illuminating…a splendid, challenging mixture of information and fun.
Punctuation is not a mere ornament or a curiosity — it is essential, and we need to know about it. Keith Houston’s history is entertaining and readable.
Scholarly, highly readable and, on some deeper level, slightly deranged.