Information Ages: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Computer Revolution

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998 - Computers - 301 pages
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
Copyright

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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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