This book was great in the sense it gave me insights into some of my favorite hackers (well, just two– Woz and Jobs). I am not sure why Steven included Jobs– he was more of a businessman and showman than an engineer and it showed in his work. He asked Woz to finish a project for him at Atari. Not the hacker type but if you’re going to dedicate a couple hours of the book on Apple Computer, it makes sense to include him.
It also inspired me, as a new, self-taught engineer, to rethink math. I was really good at it but things delayed my learning, as well as being an arrogant teenager full of herself. I have since looked at Bézier functions and have downloaded a few KU calc books.
If you’d like insights on geeky geniuses who have literally shaped the world today, give it a listen/read. Not all of them are likeable (Richard Stallman) but their quirks are endearing, if you’re the geeky, introverted type.
5 stars because I am into that sort of thing and Levy does a good job of cleaning up his earlier mistakes. I wish he would have maybe cut some of the main part of the book to include more about today’s hackers but still, a great read.