The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

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Vintage Books, 2012 - Computers - 526 pages
64 Reviews

A New York Times Notable Book
A Los Angeles Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year
Winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory.

Acclaimed science writer James Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness. A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, from the language of Africa's talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, tweets, images, and blogs. Along the way, Gleick profiles key innovators, including Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Samuel Morse, and Claude Shannon, and reveals how our understanding of information is transforming not only how we look at the world, but how we live.

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Gleick weaves theory and storytelling together well. - Goodreads
Gleick never succumbs to pedestrian writing. - Goodreads
But Gleick is not writing about the people. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

A book that is its own subject, so to speak. 400 pages of information about information. Fascinating from start to finish. Mind-boggling or should I say mind-googlng? Just one of hundreds of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mindy McAdams - Goodreads

I LOVED this book! Oddly enough, I was already familiar with many of the ideas it covers, and that is why I was in no hurry to read it. I usually feel bored when reading about things I already know ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

James Gleick is the author of Chaos and Genius, both nominated for the National Book Award, Faster, What Just Happened, and Isaac Newton, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.

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