The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

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Vintage Books, 2012 - Computers - 526 pages
36 Reviews

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

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.

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(Gushing review at the New York Times: Drumbeat to E-Mail: The Medium and the Message. At SFPL: “52 holds on first copy returned of 1 copy”). Read full review

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Not done but love it so far. Everything's very meta, which may get tiring but at first blush it is afun intelectual romp. Historical and dramatic, it reads likea novel. We get to think about which ... Read full review

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James Gleick is the author of Chaos and Genius, both nominated for the National Book Award, Faster, What Just Happened, and Isaac Newton, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.

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