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Close to the Machine

Technophilia and Its Discontents (25th Anniversary Edition)

Author: Ellen Ullman; Introduction by Anna Wiener

Close to the Machine

Close to the Machine

$18.00

About This Book

When Ellen Ullman’s memoir of her life as a software engineer was published in 1997, it was greeted as a revelatory meditation on the dawn of the digital era. Now, twenty-five years later, Close...

Page Count
224
On Sale
12/06/2022

Book Details

When Ellen Ullman’s memoir of her life as a software engineer was published in 1997, it was greeted as a revelatory meditation on the dawn of the digital era. Now, twenty-five years later, Close to the Machine is a true classic, a touchstone work that illuminates our time and our future life in technology.

It is the story of a woman whose life is spinning out of control. Technology becomes her unlikely lifeline. As she navigates this socially flawed and male-dominated world, Ullman shows us the struggle of translating the messiness of human thought into algorithms, and also discovers unexpected beauty in the logic of code.

Imprint Publisher

Picador

ISBN

9781250884121

In The News

“Astonishing…Impossible to put down.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Close to the Machine may be the best---it's certainly the most human---book to have emerged thus far from the culture of Silicon Valley. Ullman is that rarity, a computer programmer with a poet's feeling for language.” —Laura Miller, Salon

“Part memoir, part techie mantra, part observation on the ever-changing world of computer science…[Ullman is] a strong woman standing up to, and facing down, ‘obsolescence' in two different, particularly unforgiving worlds---modern technology and modern society.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating…Chock-full of delicately profound insights into work, money, love, and the search for a life that matters.” —Newsweek

“Ullman comes with her tech bona fides intact (she is, after all, a seasoned software engineer). But she also comes with novel material….We see the seduction at the heart of programming: embedded in the hijinks and hieroglyphics are the esoteric mysteries of the human mind.” —Wired

“This book is a little masterpiece….I have never read anything like it.” —Andrei Codrescu

“For someone sitting so close to the machine, Ellen Ullman possesses a remarkably wide-angle perspective on the technology culture she inhabits.” —The Village Voice

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Close to the Machine

Close to the Machine

$18.00