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"Like Foveon's founders, Mr. Gilder wants to understand vision, albeit of a different kind: the vision of innovators....The unpredictable disorder of markets is, in Microsoft parlance, not a bug but a feature. That's a lesson that Mr. Gilder's book drives home."

Like Foveon 's founders, Mr. Gilder wants to understand vision, albeit of a different kind: the vision of innovators. . . . The unpredictable disorder of markets is, in Microsoft parlance, not a bug but a feature. That 's a lesson that Mr. Gilder 's book drives home.

Proof that the spell of the Valley, after decades of booms and busts, is alive and well. --David Kushner"

Like Foveon s founders, Mr. Gilder wants to understand vision, albeit of a different kind: the vision of innovators. . . . The unpredictable disorder of markets is, in Microsoft parlance, not a bug but a feature. That s a lesson that Mr. Gilder s book drives home. "

About the Author

George Gilder, the best-selling author of numerous books―including Telecosm, Microcosm, and The Spirit of Enterprise―also publishes the influential Gilder Technology Report. He lives in Tyringham, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Series: Enterprise
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (May 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393328414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393328417
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,089,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas H. Burroughes on January 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I got a copy of this book as I have been a fan of Gilder's previous books on supply-side economics in the 1980s and since. It was interesting to read about how visual imaging technologies have developed. We take for granted such amazing technologies such as digital cameras and so on. I am afraid that for all Gilder's skills as a writer, I found some of the details of how this material works hard to follow. Specialists might find it interesting, but I struggled with it.
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Even after hearing about the uneven writing, I was surprised by how meandering and unfocused this book is. It's a mishmash of confused metaphors, irrelevant details, and unclear points. I can't tell whether it's meant to be instructive, or merely illustrative. If you're already familiar with the technologies described, you'll be bored. If you aren't, you'll be baffled. None of the men discussed in the book are portrayed as being particularly interesting, aside from the obvious, though unexplored details of their various technical abilities. I was excited by the subject matter, but put off by the plodding and pedantic prose. It feels like Gilder wrote this while half asleep.
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My company was working with Foveon chips, so I was interested to read this book. The book itself was fine, but my distributer said it was so inaccurate that Foveon won't even comment anymore. Foveon chips take great pictures, by the way.
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I was very disappointed in this book. Gilder writes in a very obtuse way and it is hard to connect the dots with him. Save you money.
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