Machine Beauty: Elegance and the Heart of Technology


One of the nation's foremost authorities in the field of computer science, David Gelernter has revolutionized computing with his advancements in the field of parallel programming. Yet he is dismayed by technologists who assert that art and beauty are anachronisms surpassed by the intellectual attainments of science and technology.

In defining beauty as an inspired mating of simplicity and power, and deep beauty as a condition where many types of beauty reinforce one another, Gelernter sets the stage for the next computer revolution. Pointing out that the most innovative minds in the industry have always been obsessed with beauty, Gelernter asserts that the pursuit of beauty will lead to extraordinary new developments. He lays out his own radical alternative to desktop-model computers, called Lifestreams, a compelling new way of conceptualizing the notion of computers and software.

Gelernter has written a work that is technically accessible, wittily argued, and prodigiously visionary -- a manifesto for all future computer users, programmers, designers, and manufacturers to carry into the next century.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1997


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