Bitwise: A Life in Code Audiobook, by David Auerbach Play Audiobook Sample

Bitwise: A Life in Code Audiobook

Bitwise: A Life in Code Audiobook, by David Auerbach Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: David Marantz Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538539705

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Longest Chapter Length:

37:14 minutes

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04:21 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

14:29 minutes

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An exhilarating, elegant memoir and a significant polemic on how computers and algorithms shape our understanding of the world and of who we are

Bitwise is a wondrous ode to the computer languages and codes that captured technologist David Auerbach’s imagination. With a philoso­pher’s sense of inquiry, Auerbach recounts his childhood spent drawing ferns with the programming language Logo on the Apple IIe, his adventures in early text-based video games, his education as an engineer, and his contributions to instant messaging technology developed for Microsoft and the servers powering Google’s data stores. A lifelong student of the systems that shape our lives—from the psychiatric taxonomy of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to how Facebook tracks and profiles its users—Auerbach reflects on how he has experienced the algorithms that taxonomize human speech, knowledge, and behavior and that compel us to do the same.

Into this exquisitely crafted, wide-ranging memoir of a life spent with code, Auerbach has woven an eye-opening and searing examination of the inescapable ways in which algorithms have both standardized and coarsened our lives. As we engineer ever more intricate technology to translate our experiences and narrow the gap that divides us from the machine, Auerbach argues, we willingly erase our nuances and our idiosyncrasies—precisely the things that make us human.

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“A hybrid of memoir, technical primer, and social history… [Auerbach] suggests that we need to be bitwise (i.e. understand the world through the lens of computers) as well as worldwise…We need guides on this journey—judicious, balanced, and knowledgeable commentators, like Auerbach.”

— New York Times Book Review 


  • “Auerbach spins out the secret history of the computational universe we all live in now, filtering insider technical knowhow through a profoundly humanistic point of view like no book since Godel Escher Bach.”

    — Jordan Ellenberg, New York Times bestselling author
  • "[A] fun and informative memoir of a life in coding explains what makes coding deeply fascinating and is tamped full, like a scientist’s experiment in sphere-packing, of history, fact, and anecdote.”

    — Popular Mechanics magazine
  • “An eye-opening look at computer technology and its discontents and limitations.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A Popular Mechanics Magazine Pick of Best Sci/Tech Books of the Year

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About David Auerbach

David Auerbach is a National Magazine Award–nominated writer and software engineer. He previously worked for Google and Microsoft. He has contributed to the Daily Beast, Slate, the Times Literary Supplement, the Nation, n+1, Bookforum, the MIT Technology Review, and many other publications. He lives in New York.

About David Marantz

David Marantz is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.