Roger’s Idiosyncratic Book Reviews: From Bacteria to Bach and Back

Other reviewers have noted Professor Dennett’s axe-grinding in this book with  fellow atheist-philosopher Richard Dawkins. I found it tiresome, and think it will be so for all readers who are not deeply familiar with Dawkins’ work and for many readers who are familiar with it. By Roger Strukhoff My book today is From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, written by Daniel C. Dennett, and originally published in 2017. I read the paperback edition, published in 2018.  I bought it at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, CA. Daniel Dennett is a professor at Tufts University in Medford, MA in the Boston area. One of the [...]

Roger’s Idiosyncratic Book Reviews: The Master Algorithm

He ( the author) thinks that you and I and anyone else reading this book have the potential to find this master algorithm and ensure the future of the world. By Roger Strukhoff My book today is The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World, written by Pedro Domingos and originally published in 2015. I read the paperback edition, published in 2018. I bought it at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, CA. Pedro Domingos is a professor of computer science at the University of Washington (one of the loveliest campuses one will ever see, by the way). He's won awards [...]

Reading Books: “It’s like déjà vu all over again”, Yogi Berra

We Don't Know What We Don't Understand By Roger Strukhoff We all should read more books, or at least I should. A very stupid article on the Forbes magazine website this week that complained about having to pay taxes for public libraries spawned an enormous outrage that led to the article's deletion and also led me to think that I should read more books, and report on them. Thus, this is the first of a series of idiosyncratic book reviews. I will tie back what I read and review to the big topic of Digital Transformation, trying to make a [...]