Why Has This Little Book Caused Such a Big Stir?
For everyone in the world of data, this new book – The Algebra of Data: A Foundation for the Data Economy – is the 101 on this genuine gamechanger. It was co-written by Gary J. Sherman, PhD, the inventor of the algebra of data and founding mathematician of Algebraix Data, and Robin Bloor, PhD, also a mathematician as well as an influential researcher, analyst, and well-known author.
The authors explain, concisely (and often quite entertainingly), why the ongoing effects of the algebra of data will range from helpful to extraordinary. One example: “Data algebra” (its nickname) has already led to an accelerator mechanism that will speed up and reduce the workload of any given database, no matter how fast it already is. Says one . . . ... Show more.
“The world is only beginning to see the possibilities of data algebra. What Algebraix has done with it to date is the tip of the iceberg.”
How quickly will the algebra of data be adopted? Here’s a prediction: “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.” (Thank philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer for that insight.) Happily, the algebra of data should not have to go through this kind of intellectual baptism. Mathematically, it is indisputable (read the book).
Inevitably software developers and engineers will still debate it – all previous paradigm shifts in software have met with some kind of opposition. But eventually acceptance will occur and the new paradigm will switch to the new reality. Meanwhile, think like Victor Hugo:
“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”
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