The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 1, 2011 - Science - 544 pages
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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.

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

 

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User Review  - ehousewright - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book, even though it took me quite a while to finish. What I like best about it is how each focus area gave me insights into things I hadn't before considered. What I liked least ... Read full review

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The history of information science over perhaps the last 1000 years but mainly the past 100 or so. It's pretty dense in parts but I found it interesting and helps to understand our modern world where information is everywhere and available to us 24/7. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
Drums That Talk
The Persistence of the Word
Two Wordbooks
To Throw the Powers of Thought into WheelWork
A Nervous System for the Earth
New Wires New Logic
Information Theory
The Sense of Randomness
Information Is Physical
After the Flood
New News Every
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography

The Informational Turn
Entropy and Its Demons
Lifes Own Code
Into the Meme Pool
Index
A Note About The Author Illustration Credits
Copyright

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JAMES GLEICK is our leading chronicler of science and technology, and the author of Chaos and Genius, both nominated for the National Book Award, and Isaac Newton, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. His books have been translated into thirty languages.

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