- Series: Vintage
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 2.5.2012 edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400096235
- ISBN-13: 978-1400096237
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 252 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood 2.5.2012 Edition
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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.
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Nevertheless an excellent book for those trying to understand the history of information theory.
The book starts with the introduction of the byte at Bell Labs, then a story about talking drums is told. After that we move on to the story of Morse code, and then on to Table Alphabeticall.
The stories continue as the walk through the history of information which lands us in today's flood of information and our modern day library of Babel.
One of the most interesting chapters to me was Entropy and its Demons.
Although the book is 527 pages long, the last 100 pages are references and an index.
A lot of work went into the making of this book. It is very well written and very entertaining. I recommend giving it a go.
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