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Coders by Clive Thompson


Who They Are, What They Think and How They Are Changing Our World

Clive Thompson

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 9 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781529018981

From acclaimed tech writer Clive Thompson, a brilliant and immersive study of one the most powerful tribes in the world today, computer programmers - where they come from, how they think, what makes for greatness in their world, and what should give us pause.

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4 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
12 Apr 2019

"(a) brilliantly accessible book"

Before I read this brilliantly accessible book by the author of Smarter Than You Think, coding was something of a foggy concept to me. But as Thompson makes abundantly clear, we all need to get to grips with code and those who create it, because we now live in a world constructed of it. From the early coders, including Ava Lovelace, and other female programmers hitherto written out of the story, to Kentucky coal miners and modern crypto-hackers, there are strings of engaging insights into the anthropology of computer programmers.


3 stars out of 5
Bryan Appleyard
7 Jul 2019

"Inside the secret lives and beliefs of the coders who effectively control our world"

Nevertheless, this is, for the moment, a handy guide to the coding culture. Millions more of us will be coding in the future — there is, apparently, a world shortage of coders — and, with luck, we will not make the mistakes documented by Thompson. Perhaps Ada’s progeny, the women, who are now moving back into the business, will put it right.