The Information

The Information

A History, A Theory, A Flood

Book - 2011
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From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood "talking drums" of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He also provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information, including Charles Babbage, Ada Byron, Samuel Morse, Alan Turing, and Claude Shannon.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375423727
Branch Call Number: Z665 .G547 2011
020.9 G556i
Characteristics: 526 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Sep 22, 2013

“History is the story of information becoming aware of itself,” writes James Gleick (author of Chaos and Faster) in the prologue of his most recent book. The Information is a history of how information mediums (drums, printing press, telegraph, bits, and bytes) evolved and transformed human thought. The Information is in part, a theory of information itself and the history of information theory’s creator Claude Shannon and central characters Charles Babbage, Samuel Morse, Ada Byron, and others. The Information is a flood, a deluge of bits and bytes, of information. From the space between two drum beats, to a line in Wikipedia, to the replicating fragments of nucleic acid in our DNA, Gleick argues convincingly that the story of information is the story of us. It is how we got here, and where we, humans; the organizers, the creators, and most importantly, the creations of Information, may be going within this vast “library of the universe”. Reader, take the time to digest and ponder through this book. It is transformative, accessible, and surprising. “Information is uncertainty, surprise, difficulty, and entropy”. Gleick’s The Information is all of these.

jopalek Jun 30, 2011

Finished chapters 1=6

debwalker Mar 06, 2011

Gleick's latest on the implications of the age of Information.


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