By Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Kenneth Cukier
New and expanded edition.An International Bestseller - Over One Million Copies Sold!Shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.Since Aristotle, we have fought to understand the causes behind everything. But this ideology is fading. In the age of big data, we can crunch an incomprehensible amount of information, providing us with invaluable insights about the what rather than the why.We're just starting to reap the benefits: tracking vital signs to foresee deadly infections, predicting building fires, anticipating the best moment to buy a plane ticket, seeing inflation in real time and monitoring social media in order to identify trends. But there is a dark side to big data. Will it be machines, rather than people, that make the decisions? How do you regulate an algorithm? What will happen to privacy? Will individuals be punished for acts they have yet to commit? In this groundbreaking and fascinating book, two of the world's most-respected data experts reveal the reality of a big data world and outline clear and actionable steps that will equip the reader with the tools needed for this next phase of human evolution.
The Best Year Yet
By Sophie Howarth
Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication
By Milton Bennett
In the long-awaited second edition of Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication, Milton J. Bennett provides a comprehensive overview of the field from a constructivist perspective. In addition to his insightful analysis, Bennett offers a full complement of classic readings on the topic of intercultural communication, including: "Science and Linguistics," by Benjamin Lee Whorf "The Power of Hidden Differences," by Edward T. Hall "Culture: A Perceptual Approach," by Marshall R. Singer "Communication in a Global Village," by Dean Barlund "Cultural Identity: Reflections on Multiculturalism," by Peter S. Adler
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 19th Edition
By Susie Dent
In this book:Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and legend.Edited by Susie Dent, this new edition contains an intriguing supplement of Brewer's Gems - facts, fables and curiosities from Brewer collections of the past. Its pages brim with esoteric and entertaining entries - everything from curious customs to the world of newspapers and political alliances of yesteryear - all seen through the distinctive Brewer lens.This nineteenth edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable encapsulates all the charm and wit that characterise its predecessors and maintains the standards of scholarship and eclecticism that have long been its hallmark.This unique edition has been thoroughly updated with over 100 new and revised entries - think crowdsourcing, cyberpunk, iPad and mash-up - guaranteed to delight, entertain and inspire in the best Brewer's tradition.Also included are twenty special entries that encapsulate the enticing spirit of the dictionary. Discover Brewer's take on angels, heraldry, pub signs and recluses and delve into the lexicographical world of the eggcorn.Whether you're a committed Brewerphile or a newcomer to its pages of fascinating entries, this edition will draw you in and keep you glued to its rich mix of eccentric nuggets. As Susie Dent explains in the foreword, Brewer's "is not a straightforward dictionary, nor is it an encyclopaedia. It is, in fact, unlike any other reference book that exists, anywhere."
Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase and Fable
By Russ Willey
From the Bloomsbury Group to the Camberwell Carrot, Samuel Johnson to Boris Johnson and Oranges and Lemons to apples and pears, Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase and Fable gathers together the people, places, events, culture, anecdotes, slang and catchphrases that make London one of the greatest cities on Earth.Perfect for checking on something interesting that you've found on your travels through the city, or simply browsing through to impress your London friends with the breadth of your knowledge - you're bound to find something that they've never even heard of before. So whether you're a Londoner through and through, a newly-arrived citizen, a frequent visitor or you prefer to experience this bustling and cacophonous city from the safety of your armchair, Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase and Fable will bring the heart and soul of London to your bookshelf.
Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable
By Jo O'Donoghue, Sean McMahon
Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase and Fable is dedicated to the rich cultural heritage of the Emerald Isle. Its encyclopedic entries explore the island's history, literature, language, folklore and mythology, making for an eclectic mix of people, places, historical events, facts and phrases. From the Great Famine to the Celtic Tiger, Pygmalion to Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, this treasury of Irishness past and present will delight natives, expats and curious visitors alike.
Brewer's Famous Quotations
By Nigel Rees
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations' - Winston ChurchillQuotations can offer us a glimpse into the past in a few brief words, giving us a feeling for the people and events that have shaped our world; from Oppenheimer's 'I am become death, destroyer of worlds' at the explosion of the first atom bomb, to the sharp wit of Winston Churchill and the romance of the great poets. Brewer's Famous Quotations not only presents the words of a truly diverse range of famous people, but tells the anecdotes and stories behind the quotations, setting them in context. Indispensable for writers and fascinating to browse, Brewer's Famous Quotations can settle any argument about who said what and when.