Analogia: The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines, by George Dyson, Allen Lane, 304 pages

Few writers could string together a coherent and compelling tale out of elements as varied as the Bering-Chirikov expedition to Siberia in 1741, the construction of a US heliograph intelligence network, tree houses, kayak designs and the future of artificial intelligence. Dyson is one in this quirky personal history of technology...

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