Information Ages: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Computer Revolution

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JHU Press, Apr 14, 2000 - Computers - 320 pages
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The late twentieth century is trumpeted as the Information Age by pundits and politicians alike, and on the face of it, the claim requires no justification. But in Information Ages, Michael E. Hobart and Zachary S. Schiffman challenge this widespread assumption. In a sweeping and captivating history of information technology from the ancient Sumerians to the world of Alan Turing and John von Neumann, the authors show how revolutions in the technology of information storage—from the invention of writing approximately 5,000 years ago to the mathematical models for describing physical reality in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the introduction of computers—profoundly transformed ways of thinking.

  

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Contents

Information Present and Past
1
Orality and the Problem of Memory
11
Early Literacy and List Making
32
Alphabetic Literacy and the Science of Classification
62
Printing and the Rupture of Classification
87
Numeracy Analysis and the Reintegration of Knowledge
112
The Analytical World Map
146
Analysis Uprooted
175
The Realm of Pure Technique
201
Information Play
235
Notes
269
Bibliographical Essay
279
Index
295
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Michael E. Hobart is a professor of history at Bryant College. Zachary S. Schiffman is a professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Northeastern Illinois University.

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