I study people, technology, and the worlds they make.
My new book, REST: WHY YOU GET MORE DONE WHEN YOU WORK LESS explores the role that deliberate rest plays in the lives of creative and productive people. It will be published by Basic Books in the US, and Penguin Portfolio in the UK, in December 2016. Translations into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Czech and Dutch are also under contract.
My previous book, THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION (Little, Brown & Co. 2013) is about contemplative computing, the effort to use information technologies in ways that help you stay focused and be more creative, rather than distracted and fractured. It has been translated into seven languages, and was reviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, and elsewhere.
I founded The Restful Company to help organizations and people weave deliberate rest into their own lives. Previously I worked in as a technology forecaster and futurist in Silicon Valley think-tanks. I'm also a visiting scholar at Stanford University.
I studied history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, and have held fellowships at Williams College, University of California-Berkeley, and Microsoft Research Cambridge. My first book, EMPIRE AND THE SUN: VICTORIAN SOLAR ECLIPSE EXPEDITIONS (Stanford University Press, 2002), is about, well, Victorian solar eclipse expeditions.