A History of Information Storage and Retrieval (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Dec 1, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 208 pages
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Throughout history, humans have sought ways not only to acquire but to preserve knowledge. From when to plant crops to who begat whom, even the earliest people worked to gather and store information. Today, computers and other technologies have almost completely changed the world of information access and storage. This history traces the development of knowledge-collecting from early humans, whose minds served as repositories of culture and lore, through the first libraries and encyclopedias, to the many advances of the twentieth century. Ironically it is with these latest advances that the preservation of knowledge has foundered. For example, CD-ROMs can last no doubt for decades--but the software programs that run them will not, because they are constantly being upgraded. Both well-known and obscure pieces of the information story are explored in this work. From Diderot's encyclopedia, to anonymous librarians of the ancient world, the people who created information storage systems and the systems themselves are all presented. Fully indexed.
  

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Contents

1 The Loss of Knowledge
3
2 The Greeks Had a Word for It
13
3 Gifts from Asia
21
4 The Early Accumulation of Books
29
5 Medieval Scholarship
37
6 The Printing Revolution
46
7 The Uses and Abuses of the Bible
57
8 Insight Paradigms and Prejudice
65
13 The Strange History of the Britannica
110
14 Modern Encyclopedias Worldwide
120
15 Modern American Encyclopedias
130
16 The Growth of Libraries
140
17 The Complexity of Learning
149
18 Entering the Computer Age
159
19 The New World of Hypertext
168
20 Using the Great Electronic Encyclopedia
177

9 Bacon and the New Outlook
75
10 Diderot Banned
84
11 Organizing Knowledge
93
12 Coleridge Encyclopedist of the Romantic Movement
102
General Encyclopedias Published in English
187
Bibliography
193
Index
197
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Page 1 - Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

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Foster Stockwell is a publishing consultant for Chinese publishers and authors. He lives in Des Moines, Washington.

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