[EAS]What I'm Interested In
pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Sat Dec 1 10:02:00 EST 2001
Subject: What I'm Interested In
Dear Colleagues -
I've worked my way along a couple of book shelves, and this is a list
of most of the books I've acquired in recent years in the general area
of my EAS-INFO mailings (i.e. it excludes outright technical texts and
monographs on the one hand, novels, photography and film books, and
other entertainments on the other).
It is ample testimony to the fact that Amazon.com has gotten a lot of
my business, but also to the delightful ease with which one can find
out-of-print titles these days, e.g. via <http://www.bookfinder.com/>.
Many of these I have read, but many more await all too-infrequent
opportunities nearer-term (vacations or back problems) and, somewhat
You can of course easily look up any titles that pique your curiosity
via Amazon's book search which usually gives you a summary
description. Amazon has become the Books-In-Print catalog of the
Because I refer to some of this material in my courses, I may come
back to this list and annotate titles I consider particularly
All best, --Peter Kindlmann
Philip Agre and Douglas Schuler (eds.), "Reinventing Technology,
Rediscovering Community", Greenwich CT: Ablex Publishing, 1997.
Philip Agre, "Computation and Human Experience", Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1997.
Robert Charles Alexander, "The Life and Works of Alan Blumlein",
Oxford: Focal Press, 1999.
[One of the great neglected inventors of the 20th century, of the
differential amplifier, stereo audio, early TV technology and radar.
He died in 1942, age 39.]
John A. Barry, "Technobabble", Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1992.
Jacques Barzun, "The American University", Chicago: Univ. of Chicago
Peter L. Bernstein, "Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk",
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996.
Wiebe E. Bijker, "Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs: Toward a Theory
of Sociotechnological Change", Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1997.
Albert Borgmann, "Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life",
Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1984.
Albert Borgmann, "Crossing the Postmodern Divide", Chicago: Univ. of
Chicago Press, 1992.
Albert Borgmann, "Holding on to Reality", Chicago: Univ. of Chicago
James Boyle, "Shamans, Software and Spleens: Law and the Construction
of the Information Society", Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press,
James Brook and Iain A. Boal (eds.), "Resisting the Virtual Life: The
Culture and Politics of Information", San Francisco: City Lights
John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid, "The Social Life of Information",
Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000.
Ralph Caplan, "By Design", New York: St. Martin's Press, 1982.
Stuart M. Card, Jock Mackinlay and Ben Schneiderman, "Readings in
Information Visualization", San Francisco: Morgan Kaufman Publishers,
John E. Crowley, "The Invention of Comfort: Sensibilities & Design in
Early Modern Britain & Early America", Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ.
[demonstrates that even back then changes in the technologies of
comfort depended on a fashion-conscious public being made to feel
_dis_comfort with surroundings that they had previously perceived as
Thomas H. Davenport and Laurence Prusak, "Working Knowledge: How
Organizations Manage What They Know", Boston: Harvard Business School
Peter J. Denning (ed.), "The Invisible Future", New York: McGraw-Hill,
Michael Dertouzos, "What Will Be", New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
Michael J. Dick, "High-Tech Creativity", New York: IEEE Press, 1992.
Clive L. Dym, "Engineering Design: A Synthesis of Views", Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Esther Dyson, "Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age",
New York: Broadway Books, 1997.
M. J. French, "Invention and Evolution: Design in Nature and
Engineering", Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
David Gelernter, "1939: The Lost World of the Fair", New York: Avon
David Gelernter, "Machine Beauty: Elegance and the Heart of
Technology", New York: Basic Books, 1998.
Arie de Geus, "The Living Company: Habits for Survival in a Turbulent
Business Environment", Boston: Harvard Business SChool Press, 1997.
George Gilder, "Telecosm", New York: The Free Press, 2000.
Joan Greenbaum, "Windows on the Workplace: Computers, Jobs, and the
Organization of Office Work in the Late Twentieth Century", New York:
Monthly Review Press, 1995.
John Hagel III and Arthur Armstrong, "Net Gain: Expanding Markets
through Virtual Communities", Boston: Harvard Business School Press,
Charles Handy, "The Age of Unreason", London: Business Books Limites,
Charles Handy, "The Empty Raincoat: Making SEnse of the Future",
London: Hutchinson, 1994.
Charles Handy, "Beyond Creativity: The Changing World of
Organizations", Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1995.
Douglas Harper, "Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small
Shop", Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987.
Keed van der Heijden, "Scenarios: The Art of Strategic Conversation",
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996.
Eriv von Hippel, "The Sources of Innovation", New York: Oxford
UNiversity Press, 1988.
Keith Holyoak and Paul Thagard, "Mental Leaps: Analogy in Creative
Thought", Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1995.
Robert Horn, "Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st
Century", Bainbridge Island: MacroVU Press, 1998.
Johan Huizinga, "Erasmus and the Age of Reformation", (transl. F.
Hopman), London: Phaidon Press, 1952.
Steven Johnson, "Interface Culture: How Technology Transforms the Way
We Create and Communicate", New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
Wendy Kaminer, "Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of
Irrationalism and Perils of Piety", New York: Random House, 1999.
Pat Kirkham, "Charles and Ray Eames: Designers of the Twentieth
Century", Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1995.
Rob Kling (ed.), "Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and
Social Choices", 2ed., San Diego: Academic Press, 1996.
Eric Laithwaite, "An Inventor in the Garden of Eden", Cambridge:
Cambridge Univ. Press, 1994.
George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, "Metaphors We Live By", Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1980.
Thomas K. Landauer, "The Trouble with Computers: Usefulness, Usability
and Productivity", Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1995.
Richard Lanham, "The Electric Word: Democracy, Technology and the
Arts", Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Lawrence Lessig, "The Future of Ideas", New York: Random House, 2001.
Richard J. Light, "Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their
Mind", Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 2001.
Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps, "Virtual Teams", New York: Wiley &
Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton, "Web Style Guide: Basic Design
Principles for Creating Web Sites", New Haven: Yale University Press,
Thomas Mann, "Library Research Models: A Guide to Classification,
Cataloging, and Computers", New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
David A. Mindell, "War, Technology, and Experience aboard the USS
Monitor", Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2000.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "Secrecy", New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1998.
George Nelson, "On Design", New York: Watson-Guptill Publications,
George Nelson, "The Design of Modern Design", Cambridge: The MIT
David F. Noble, "The Religion of Technology", New York: Alfred Knopf,
Donald A. Norman, "The Invisible Computer", Cambridge: The MIT Press,
James J. O'Donnell, "Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace",
Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1998.
Julian E. Orr, "Talking About Machines: An Ethnography of a Modern
Job", Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996.
Victor Papanek, "The Green Imperative: Natural Design for the Real
World", New York: Thames and Hudson, Inc., 1995.
Robin P. Peek and Gregory B. Newby (eds.), "Scholarly Publishing: The
Electronic Frontier", Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1996.
Henry Petroski, "Beyond Engineering", New York: St. Martin's Press,
Henry Petroski, "The Evolution of Useful Things", New York: Vintage
Henry Petroski, "Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and
Judgment in Engineering", Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.
Henry Petroski, "Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought
to Thing", Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.
Robert Pool, "Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology",
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1997.
Neil Postman, "Conscientious Objections", New York, Vintage Books,
Neil Postman, "Technopoly", New York: Vintage Books, 1992.
Virginia Postrel, "The Future and its Enemies: The Growing Conflict
over Creativity, Enterprise and Progress", New York: Simon & Schuster,
David Pye, "The Nature and Art of Workmanship", Bethel CT: Cambium
Press, 1995 (revised version of 1971 edition).
Gerhard Dohrn van Rossum, "History of the Hour: Clocks and Modern
Temporal Orders", Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Bruce Schneier, "Secrets & Lies: Digital Security in a Networked
World", New York: Wiley & Sons, 2000.
E. F. Schumacher, "Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People
Mattered", New York: Haper & Row, 1973.
Richard Sclove, "Democracy and Technology", New York: The Guilford
Carl Shapiro and Hal Varian, "Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to
the Network Economy", Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1999.
Dava Sobel, "Longitude", New York: Walker & Co., 1997.
L. Sprague De Camp, "The Ancient Engineers", New York: Ballantine
Lee Sproull and Sarah Kiesler, "Connections: New Ways of Working in
the Networked Organization", Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1992.
Susan Leigh Star (ed.), "The Cultures of Computing", Oxford: Blackwell
Mark Stefik, "Internet Dreams: Archetypes, Myths and Metaphors",
Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1996.
Christopher P. Toumey, "Conjuring Science: Scientific Symbols and
Cultural Meanings in American Life", New Brunswick: Rutgers University
Don Tapscott, "The Digital Economy", New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996.
Edward Tenner, "Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of
Unintended Consequences", New York: Vintage Books, 1997.
Sherry Turkle, "Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the
Internet", New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.
Steven Vogel, "Cats' Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature
and People", New York: Norton & Co., 1998.
Patricia Wallace, "The Psychology of the Internet", Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Nigel Whiteley, "Design for Society", London: Reaktion Books, 1993.
Richard Saul Wurman, "Information Architects", New York: Graphis
Arthur Zajonc, "Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and
Mind", New York: Oxford UNiversity Press, 1993.
Shoshana Zuboff, "In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work
and Power", New York: Basic Books, 1988.
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