The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
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.
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I really enjoyed Gleick's latest book. I was familiar with information theory but didn't understand it too well. It makes a lot more sense to me now. Very interesting history about telegraphs, Shannon, and Turing as well.
This book was a fantastic read. Gleick provides a perspective on information that is historical, theoretical and social. OK, that much you could find out from anywhere. But what's worth knowing is that it's an engaging read, almost a page turner! And Gleick delivers interesting insights into the lives many important characters who advanced the information age (Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Claude Shannon, Alan Turing, Norbert Weiner, and more). He sums up by addressing the topic of "information glut", which I suspect concerns most readers, and offers an optimistic outlook based on how society has managed with previous leaps-forward in information availability & load.