Ben Lorica is the former Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media, and the former Program Chair of: the Strata Data Conference, the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference, and TensorFlow World. Ben is also an advisor to a few exciting startups and organizations: Databricks, Alluxio, Matroid, Anodot, Determined AI, Anyscale.io, Faculty.ai , Graphistry, Yakit, and The Center for Data Intensive Science + Open Commons Consortium (University of Chicago). He is the host and organizer of thedataexchange.media podcast.
6 books on the list
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Designing the Spontaneous City
Discover the fascinating urban fabric of contemporary Tokyo in this book, exploring how the city has developed through emergent, inclusive, and adaptive urban patterns. Examining five key patterns, from alleyways to river-like streets, the authors transcend cultural uniqueness to focus on empirical analysis, offering an unparalleled understanding of Tokyo's urban landscape. Whether you're a visitor, architect, or urban policy practitioner, Emergent Tokyo is an essential read.
💯 It took a while for me to get a hold of a copy of this book, but it was worth the wait. Written by architects, the physical book covers the origins, layouts, and business patterns in different sections of Tokyo 🇯🇵 #japan #tokyo #travel #architecture – source
Thank You For Your Servitude
Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission
"Thank You For Your Servitude" by Mark Leibovich is a shocking eyewitness account of how the Republican Party transformed from rugged individualists to a sycophantic personality cult under Donald Trump's presidency. Leibovich tracks the moral rout of major American politicians and their transformation into the administration's chief enablers, creating a dangerous culture of submission. The book sheds light on the events leading up to January 6, 2021, and explores how far politicians would go to maintain their power and relevance. This unflinching account is a must-read to understand the reality of American politics.
Add this to your summer 📚 list → I'm about a third of the way into @MarkLeibovich new release and it's a hilarious and thought-provoking book that follows in the tradition of his 2013 classic *This Town*. – source
Discover how Oxford University and its exclusive culture have influenced modern British politics. From Boris Johnson to Theresa May, Simon Kuper explores how the university experience and friendships at Oxford have created a narrow talent pool, shaping the country and leading to Brexit.
Tory party leadership decoder 🇬🇧 this seems like a good day to highlight @KuperSimon's 🆕 informative and entertaining book on 'chumocracy' ↓ – source
Ten Essays on Fizz Buzz
Meditations on Python, mathematics, science, engineering, and design
"Ten Essays on Fizz Buzz" is a unique technical book that covers core Python concepts, software design, mathematics, deep learning, and more, through the lens of 10 Fizz Buzz solutions. Fizz Buzz is a simple problem that has become a litmus test for assessing computer programmers. The book uses code to illustrate its ideas and represents the author's current best thinking about how to solve problems using code. It's a must-read for anyone looking to "level up" their Python or problem solving skills, or simply interested in a grand tour of computer science theory and practical software engineering.
2/ We discussed a range of topics in programing, data science, and #NLProc including: Joel’s new book, Ten Essays on Fizz Buzz, a book that I enjoyed and from which I picked up many good Python programming gems ⇢ definitely worth a listen 🙌 End/ – source
Sandworm is a chilling and urgent true story by Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg. Follow the desperate hunt to track down a highly skilled and dangerous team of Russian cyberwarriors responsible for an unprecedented series of cyberattacks, including the devastating NotPetya attack that caused ten billion dollars in damage. This book exposes the realities of Russia's global digital offensive and the blurring of the line between digital and physical warfare, with world-shaking implications. A must-read for anyone interested in cybersecurity and national security.
I am in the middle of Sandworm by @a_greenberg and it is great read. I have a feeling that recent events in the Middle East will result in cyberattacks similar to those in this book – source
Discover the devastating story of the battle to reclaim Manila in 1945. General Douglas MacArthur planned a triumphant victory parade, but the Japanese had other plans. Rampage follows the catastrophic destruction and brutalization of the city's civilian population, resulting in a massacre as harrowing as the Rape of Nanking. This heartbreaking account draws from war-crimes testimony, after-action reports, and survivor interviews to document one of the most tragic chapters in Pacific War history.
I just finished the new book on the Battle of Manila: @jamesmscott3 did a masterful job piecing together archival sources and oral accounts into a great book on some of the most violent events during WW II – source