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Scientific peer reviewing: practical hints and best practices
Spyns P., Vidal M., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2015. 57 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319250-83-0)
Peer reviewing is something we often learn by experience, though recently there has been an effort by many doctoral programs to provide guidance. This slim and straightforward volume may well help, by giving hints and suggestions....
Oct 5 2016
Quality in the 21st century: perspectives from ASQ Feigenbaum Medal winners
Sampaio P., Saraiva P., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2016. 118 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319213-31-6)
As computing professionals, we are all professionally concerned with the issue of quality in our software products, embedded systems, user interfaces, and maintainability. We use products produced by others and produce products used by...
Aug 18 2016
Superforecasting: the art and science of prediction
Tetlock P., Gardner D., Crown Publishing Group, New York, NY, 2015. 352 pp. Type: Book (978-0-804136-69-3)
The market for predictive analytics, software to forecast the future, is projected to grow on the order of 25 to 30 percent per year over the next five years. That market is dominated by packages advertising one variety or another of &...
May 23 2016
Why greatness cannot be planned: the myth of the objective
Stanley K., Lehman J., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2015. 141 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319155-23-4)
The authors argue for serendipitous discoveries based on novelty and uniqueness. This happens when the structure of the search space is completely unpredictable (pp. 8, 97) (and not fixed ), that is, when the eventual objective is a...
Jan 15 2016
One hundred prisoners and a light bulb
Ditmarsch H., Kooi B., Copernicus, New York, NY, 2015. 188 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319166-93-3)
As perhaps hinted by the provocative title, this slim text is an entertaining run through 11 classical logic problems that can easily surprise the reader in both presentation and solutions. Multiple sub-puzzles emerge along with entran...
Oct 13 2015
How to write a better thesis (3rd ed.)
Evans D., Gruba P., Zobel J., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, Cham, Switzerland, 2014. 167 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319042-85-5)
In the field of writing, there are numerous books filled with examples of good writing techniques and correct presentation. However, in the field of academic writing, this book stands out as an exemplar in this category. This unassumin...
Aug 26 2014
Vintage tomorrows: a historian and a futurist journey through steampunk into the future of technology
Carrott J., Johnson B., Maker Media, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 2013. 412 pp. Type: Book (978-1-449337-99-5)
Ask “What is steampunk?” and you will receive varied responses: a maker-hacker delight , a consumerist fashion statement [2,3], or perhaps an art movement . To the authors of this book, steampunk takes a look ...
Nov 19 2013
Biblical Hebrew grammar visualized
Andersen F., Forbes D., Eisenbrauns Inc., Winona Lake, IN, 2012. 400 pp. Type: Book (978-1-575062-29-7)
Corpus linguistics is the study of languages on the basis of a collection, or corpus, of texts. Classical linguistic analysis supported its theories with selective examples. In the days before computers, it was almost impossible to pre...
Aug 8 2012
Gamers at work: stories behind the games people play
Ramsay M., Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2012. 356 pp. Type: Book (978-1-430233-51-0)
This book is a collection of 17 interviews with a variety of successful game company founders, from ’80s figures such as Nolan Bushnell of Atari and “Wild Bill” Stealey of MicroProse to current creators wh...
Jul 11 2012
Code/space: software and everyday life
Kitchin R., Dodge M., The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2011. 320 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262042-48-2)
The emerging interdisciplinary research field of software studies focuses on software systems and associated social and cultural effects. Interestingly, as humans we are not only partially defined by our active participation in cultura...
Jun 13 2012
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