Dioniso e la nuvola
Author: Giulia Alonzo, Oliviero Ponte di Pino
Quali parole-chiave sono rilevanti nel complicato periodo di crisi in cui stiamo vivendo? Lo tsunami informativo a cui siamo sottoposti rende più incerti ed imprevedibili i processi in corso, spingendoci a navigare in una cultura diffusa sempre più liquefatta. Rischiamo di annegare. Intanto le parole (e le idee che rappresentano) competono tra loro per l’attenzione delle persone nell’ecosistema del Web. Molte producono impatti sociali ed ambientali negativi, ma altre potrebbero costituire leve positive per ridurre i problemi Il libro cerca parole-chiave utili facendosi aiutare anche dai flussi informativi che corrono in Rete sulle onde di Google Trends, Google Books Ngram, degli archivi ISI-Web of Science.
Author: Charles Seife
The bestselling author of Proofiness and Zero explains how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads unbelievably rapidly, infects all corners of society, and is all but impossible to control—even when that information is actually a lie. In Virtual Unreality, Charles Seife uses the skepticism, wit, and sharp facility for analysis that captivated readers in Proofiness and Zero to take us deep into the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery, fakery, and cyber skullduggery that the online world enables. Taking on everything from breaking news coverage and online dating to program trading and that eccentric and unreliable source that is Wikipedia, Seife arms his readers with actual tools—or weapons—for discerning truth from fiction online.
Author: Charles Seife
"In Virtual Unreality, mathematician, science reporter, and journalist watchdog Charles Seife takes us deep into the information jungle and cuts a path through the trickery, fakery, and cyber skullduggery that the Internet enables. Providing a much-needed toolkit to help separate fact from fiction, Seife addresses the problems that face us every time we turn on our computers and Google our most recent medical symptoms, read a politician's tweet, fact-check something on Wikipedia, or start an online relationship"--
Author: Charles Seife
Publisher: Bollati Boringhieri
Inventato dai babilonesi, venerato dagli indù, bandito dai greci, il numero zero per secoli è stato circondato da un’aura di ambiguità finché, finalmente imbrigliato, è diventato il più importante e potente strumento della matematica. Charles Seife ci offre una brillante descrizione del modo in cui la nozione di zero, con quella gemella di infinito, ha più volte rivoluzionato i fondamenti della civiltà e del pensiero filosofico. Dalla sua nascita come concetto filosofico orientale alla sua combattuta accettazione in Europa e alla sua apoteosi nel quadro della teoria dei buchi neri. Da Aristotele a Einstein e oltre, viene qui presentata la ricca e complessa storia della semplice idea di «nulla» sulla quale si confrontarono scienziati e mistici, cosmologi e religiosi, ogni volta mettendo in crisi le basi della filosofia, della scienza, della teologia.
Alpha and Omega
Author: Charles Seife
Humankind has grappled for millennia with the fundamental questions of the origin and end of the universe--it was a focus of ancient religions and myths and of the inquiries of Aristotle, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton. Today we are at the brink of discoveries that should soon reveal the deepest secrets of the universe. Alpha and Omega is a dispatch from the front lines of the cosmological revolution that is being waged at observatories and laboratories around the world-in Europe, in America, and even in Antarctica--where scientists are actually peering into both the cradle of the universe and its grave. Scientists--including galaxy hunters and microwave eavesdroppers, gravity theorists and atom smashers, all of whom are on the trail of dark matter, dark energy, and the growing inhabitants of the particle zoo-now know how the universe will end and are on the brink of understanding its beginning. Their findings will be among the greatest triumphs of science, even towering above the deciphering of the human genome. This is the book you need to help understand the frequent front-page headlines heralding dramatic cosmological discoveries. It makes cutting-edge science both crystal clear and wonderfully exciting.
The Art of Deception
Author: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought-after computer security experts worldwide. Now, in The Art of Deception, the world's most notorious hacker gives new meaning to the old adage, "It takes a thief to catch a thief." Focusing on the human factors involved with information security, Mitnick explains why all the firewalls and encryption protocols in the world will never be enough to stop a savvy grifter intent on rifling a corporate database or an irate employee determined to crash a system. With the help of many fascinating true stories of successful attacks on business and government, he illustrates just how susceptible even the most locked-down information systems are to a slick con artist impersonating an IRS agent. Narrating from the points of view of both the attacker and the victims, he explains why each attack was so successful and how it could have been prevented in an engaging and highly readable style reminiscent of a true-crime novel. And, perhaps most importantly, Mitnick offers advice for preventing these types of social engineering hacks through security protocols, training programs, and manuals that address the human element of security.
The epic story of the scientists through the ages who have sought answers to life’s biggest mystery: How did it begin? In this essential and illuminating history of Western science, Bill Mesler and H. James Cleaves II seek to answer the most crucial question in science: How did life begin? They trace the trials and triumphs of the iconoclastic scientists who have sought to solve the mystery, from Darwin’s theory of evolution to Crick and Watson’s unveiling of DNA. This fascinating exploration not only examines the origin-of-life question, but also interrogates the very nature of scientific discovery and objectivity.
This book begins where You Are Being Lied To left off. Once again, an amazing group of investigative journalists, researchers, insiders, dissidents, and academics peels back consensus reality and shows us what’s really happening. Hard, documented evidence on the most powerful institutions and controversial topics in the world. Among the revelations: Antidepressants trash your brain.China has repeatedly threatened to nuke the US.Young people are less violent now than they have been in over 30 years.Mad Cow disease is killing people in America. Plus previously unpublished revelations about the International Monetary Fund, the Vatican Bank, the Olympic Games, Henry Lee Lucas, the drug war in South America, unpublicized accidents at nuclear power plants, and much more. Includes reproductions of rare documents and photos, including an unpublished eyewitness sketch of a mysterious third gunman at Columbine. Among the 50+ contributors: Naomi Klein • Douglas Rushkoff • Arianna Huffington • Howard Zinn • Paul Krassner • Gary Webb • Howard Bloom • Noreena Hertz • Alexander Cockburn • Thomas Szasz • William Blum • James Ridgeway • Kalle Lasn • Wendy McElroy
Private companies exert considerable control over the flow of information on the internet. Whether users are finding information with a search engine, communicating on a social networking site or accessing the internet through an ISP, access to participation can be blocked, channelled, edited or personalised. Such gatekeepers are powerful forces in facilitating or hindering freedom of expression online. This is problematic for a human rights system which has historically treated human rights as a government responsibility, and this is compounded by the largely light-touch regulatory approach to the internet in the West. Regulating Speech in Cyberspace explores how these gatekeepers operate at the intersection of three fields of study: regulation (more broadly, law), corporate social responsibility and human rights. It proposes an alternative corporate governance model for speech regulation, one that acts as a template for the increasingly common use of non-state-based models of governance for human rights.
Author: conte Galeazzo Ciano, Robert Lawrence Miller, Stanislao G. Pugliese, V. Umberto Coletti-Perucca, Hugh Gibson
The Ciano Diaries are one of the most important documents recording the events taking place in Europe leading up to the Second World War and how they effected the rest of the world. Galezzo Ciano was in the forefront of those momentous events, not only because he happened to be Mussolini's son in law, but most important because at the age of 35 he was also Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs and one of the major proponents of the Axis Alliance with Nazi Germany.
The days of "revolutionary" campaign strategies are gone. The extraordinary has become ordinary, and campaigns at all levels, from the federal to the municipal, have realized the necessity of incorporating digital media technologies into their communications strategies. Still, little is understood about how these practices have been taken up and routinized on a wide scale, or the ways in which the use of these technologies is tied to new norms and understandings of political participation and citizenship in the digital age. The vocabulary that we do possess for speaking about what counts as citizenship in a digital age is limited. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in a federal-level election, interviews with communications and digital media consultants, and textual analysis of campaign materials, this book traces the emergence and solidification of campaign strategies that reflect what it means to be a citizen in the digital era. It identifies shifting norms and emerging trends to build new theories of citizenship in contemporary democracy. Baldwin-Philippi argues that these campaign practices foster engaged and skeptical citizens. But, rather than assess the quality or level of participation and citizenship due to the use of technologies, this book delves into the way that digital strategies depict what "good" citizenship ought to be and the goals and values behind the tactics.