The latest edition in the Economist Explainer series, edited and introduced by Deputy Editor Tom Standage
Tom Standage is Deputy Editor of The Economist. He is the author of several books, including Truly Peculiar, A Brief History of Motion, Uncommon Knowledge, Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years and The Victorian Internet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Wired.
'Praise for Tom Standage:
'Uncommonly brilliant' - Daily Mail
'The Father Christmas of knowledge' - Giles Coren
'Books like this make you wary of ever guessing the answer to anything' - Daily Mail