Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything. James Gleick. Pantheon.




Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything Book Cover Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything
James Gleick
Pantheon
August 17, 1999
Hardcover
336
9780679408376

If one quality defines our modern, technocratic age, it is acceleration. We are making haste. Our computers, our movies, our sex lives, our prayers – they all run faster now than ever before. And the more we fill our lives with time-saving devices and time-saving strategies, the more rushed we feel.

In Faster, James Gleick explores nothing less than the human condition at the turn of the millennium. He shines a light of enterprising and analytical reporting – as well as sly wit – on the newest paradoxes of time. His journey takes us through the bunkers and trenches of a war we barely knew we were fighting: to the atomic clocks of the Directorate of Time, to the waiting rooms that focus our impatience, to the film production studios that test the high-speed limits of our perception, to the air-traffic command centers that give time pressure new meaning.

We have become a quick-reflex, multi-tasking, channel-flipping, fast-forwarding species. We don’t completely understand it, and we’re not altogether happy about it. Faster is a mirror held up to our times – and a mordant reminder of why some things take time.

James Gleick is the author of Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman (available from Vintage Books) and Chaos: Making a New Science, both of which were National Book Award nominees. He lives in New York.