The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

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HarperCollins Publishers, Mar 3, 2011 - History - 544 pages
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Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2012, the world's leading prize for popular science writing.

We live in the information age. But every era of history has had its own information revolution: the invention of writing, the composition of dictionaries, the creation of the charts that made navigation possible, the discovery of the electronic signal, the cracking of the genetic code.

In ‘The Information’ James Gleick tells the story of how human beings use, transmit and keep what they know. From African talking drums to Wikipedia, from Morse code to the ‘bit’, it is a fascinating account of the modern age’s defining idea and a brilliant exploration of how information has revolutionised our lives.

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Review: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

I now LOATHE this book. I had started reading it last spring before I left Nashville. I was trying to be a good library minion and keep up to date with reading in my field. I got through chapter 7 (1 ... Read full review

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User Review  - John David - Goodreads

Glancing over many of the other lower ratings of this book, I've found that most people have already hit upon the major points of why I found it such an unsatisfying reading experience, and there were ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

James Gleick was born in New York in 1954. He worked for ten years as an editor and reporter for The New York Times. He is the bestselling author of Chaos, Genius, Faster, What Just Happened and a biography of Isaac Newton.

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