Follow Datanami:
July 2, 2013

Big Data Summer Reading List

Kurt Dobbins

With Fourth of July week upon us, data pros everywhere are loading up their been-coding-too-long skin with sunscreen and heading to the beach.  I thought it was only appropriate to offer up a list of suggested summer reading to get you smart on big data in the sunny weeks to come.


  • Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think, by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier – How will unprecedented access to data change the way you see the big, wide world? Read this to find out
  • 1984, by George Orwell – A classic – and be honest, you probably haven’t read it since high school. A cautionary tale about the perils of knowing too much and the enduring power of love (awww…)
  • The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – The science and art of data. Yes, you need both
  • Flatland, by Edwin Abbott – Mind-bending existential lit, plus really cute drawings. Irresistible
  • The New Digital Age, by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen – Technology = power? The equation isn’t that simple, but a powerhouse co-authorship from Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen makes for a heady read
  • The Unstoppables, by Bill Schley – The two e’s of “entrepreneurialism” are essence and essentials. A good one for the office book club. What, you don’t have one?
  • The Human Face of Big Data, by Rick Smolan– Photojournalism meets future view: essays and pictures that illustrate what Big data has done and can do to the human condition
  • Big Data Analytics, by Frank J. Ohlhorst: Turning Big Data into Big Money – Spoiler alert! This one’s about cultivating business advantage by harnessing big data


Kurt Dobbins – CEO, Deep

Kurt Dobbins is CEO and co-founder of Deep Information Sciences, Inc, a company that’s reinventing the database with core technology DeepDB – a new general purpose database designed for Big Data and the Cloud that performs simultaneous transactions and analytics in real-time, on the same data set.  Prior to Deep, Dobbins served at CTO at Arbor Networks following its acquisition of his company Ellacoya Networks in 2008 


Related items:

IDC Talks Convergence in High Performance Data Analysis

On Algorithm Wars and Predictive Apps

HPC Analysts: Hadoop is a Tall Tree in a Broad Forest