Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now that the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room is the Room

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Basic Books, 2011 - Computers - 231 pages
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We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, but it’s different. Topics have no boundaries, and nobody agrees on anything.

Yet this is the greatest time in history to be a knowledge seeker . . . if you know how. In Too Big to Know, Internet philosopher David Weinberger shows how business, science, education, and the government are learning to use networked knowledge to understand more than ever and to make smarter decisions than they could when they had to rely on mere books and experts.

This groundbreaking book shakes the foundations of our concept of knowledge—from the role of facts to the value of books and the authority of experts—providing a compelling vision of the future of knowledge in a connected world.

 

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Review: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

User Review  - Atul Sabnis - Goodreads

This wasn't an easy read as I had imagined it to be, when I started the book. I thought it would be the likes of many such books that have a very basic (and sometimes interesting) premise and the rest ... Read full review

Review: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

User Review  - Lydia Husser - Goodreads

In this book, Weinberger argues that what we think of as knowledge is always changing, and that the internet is shaping our perception of knowledge in huge ways. The internet gives us the ability to ... Read full review

Contents

The Crisis of Knowledge
1
Bottomless Knowledge
19
A Marketplace of Echoes?
69
Long Form Web Form
93
Too Much Science
121
Where the Rubber Hits the Node
159
Building the New Infrastructure of Knowledge
173
Acknowledgments
197
Index
219
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About the author (2011)

David Weinberger is a Senior Researcher at Harvard University's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. He is the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined, Everything Is Miscellaneous, and a coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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