- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (November 2, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595142362
- ISBN-13: 978-0595142361
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Eudaemonic Pie
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“An astonishing and fascinating tale of scientific heroism.” —Richard Dawkins
“Bass has done the best job so far of capturing the marriage of technical imagination and the communal coziness that gave birth to Silicon Valley.” —Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Thomas Bass was a member of the group whose adventures are chronicled in The Eudaemonic Pie. He writes for The New Yorker, Wired and other magazines, and lives in New York and Paris.
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A long lumbering history of the main character is given of his South West upbringing. Numerous pages are devoted to tech talk as those involved spend years as they aspire to create tiny computers, first they attach computers to their bodies as they have come up with a program to predict the outcome of where a roulette ball will fall. So devoted are they that one woman suffers burns to her skin by the equipment that they use.
From there they aspire to create tiny computers that fit in shoes. Their Halloween parties are recounted. Some insight here but at a substantial cost of time. See Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions instead. Pass on this. They did have brief contact with a young Steve Jobs.
It was with this backdrop of living in Hotel RLM and experiencing a renewed kinship with the Beatles lyric "Oh, that magic feeling, nowhere to go, nowhere to go," that I checked the book out of the university library and spent the next few gorgeous November afternoons lost in its pages on the South Mall, with a view of the Texas State Capitol building a mile to the south. Aged 32, I had still never been to a casino in my life (on a solo cross-country motorcycle trip six years earlier I'd stopped for gas, and gas only, on my way through Las Vegas).
This 1991 read still ranks among my most enjoyable of all time. I disagree with the author-ragging that's gone on in many of the comments here. Bass clearly put a lot of care and effort into the presentation. Upon reread, I still find it to be an inspired work of art and very well-written book.
The only minor thing I've noticed (in the paperback version, anyway) to really complain about are a few typos here and there that jump right out (e.g., "perennnially"). It seems a bit ironic given the subject material, that digital spell checkers evidently weren't used to copyedit the author's work.
A friend of mine has a son who is currently a high school senior with stellar grades at one of the best-ranked schools in California. He has his sights set on a career in engineering. With his top choice being Stanford, I believe the paperback (despite its typos) will make the perfect graduation gift.
*As of 1991 anyway, the beauty of RLM lay not in its physical appearance (this enormous building is actually quite ugly), but in the fact that it housed not one, but at least two separate shower stalls hidden away in restrooms in remote areas where few would ever discover them. I still owe my colleague Fred a debt of gratitude for revealing their existence to me upon hearing where I was sleeping that semester.
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